The Lung Care Clinical Nurse Specialist team is based at both Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital. The team provides support for patients who have been referred to a Chest Physician via their GP or Healthcare Professional due to an abnormality on their scan or X-ray. The team work closely with the Chest/Respiratory Consultant Physicians, Oncology department, Multi Disciplinary Team Co-ordinator and Secretaries.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact our Lung Care Team. Their working hours are Monday – Friday : 9am – 4pm (excl Bank Holidays) (N.B. Answerphone messages will be picked up twice daily)

Meet the Team

Maidstone Hospital – Telephone – 01622 225256

  • Sandra Wakelin, Lung Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Fran Bevans, Lung Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Michelle Bird, Macmillan Cancer Support Worker

Tunbridge Wells Hospital – Telephone 01892 635358

  • Louise Gilham, Lung Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Alison Smith, Lung Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Florina Hewitt, Lung Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Michelle Bird, Macmillan Cancer Support Worker

Useful Contact Numbers

Chest Physician/Respiratory Consultants

  • Dr S Webster (Secretary) – Tun Wells Hosp 01892 635580 / 01892 635525
  • Dr T Loke (Secretary) – Tun Wells Hosp 01892 635580 / 01892 635525
  • Dr A Satgunarajah (Secretary) – Tun Wells Hosp 01892 635580 / 01892 635525
  • Dr R Mankragod (Secretary) – Maidstone 01622 224299 / 01622 225589
  • Dr A Satgunaraja (Secretary) – Maidstone 01622 224299 / 01622 225589

Oncologists

  • Dr Shah – Secretary 01622 227035 (Chemo / Immunotherapy / Targeted)
  • Dr Sevitt – Secretary 01622 225014 (Radiotherapy/SABRE/Chemo/Immuno/Targeted)

Surgeon

  • Mrs Karen Harrison-Phipps – Guy’s Hospital 0207 1887943

Macmillan Lung Care Clinical Nurse Specialists

  • Sandra Wakelin / Fran Bevans – Maidstone 01622 225256
  • Louise Gilham / Alison Smith – Tunbridge Wells 01892 635358
  • Florina Hewitt

Macmillan Cancer Support Worker

  • Michelle Bird – Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells 01892 635358 / 01622 225256

Hospitals

  • Tunbridge Wells Hospital – Switchboard 01892 823535
  • Maidstone Hospital – Switchboard 01622 729000
  • Kent Oncology Centre – Maidstone Hospital 01622 225020
  • Guy’s Hospital – Main Switchboard 0207 955 2915
  • Guy’s Hospital – Accommodation 0207 188 0474

Tests / Investigations

  • CT & CT Guided biopsy – Maidstone 01622 225688 – Tunbridge Wells 01892 634729
  • Ultrasound CT/Biopsy – Maidstone 01622 224027 – Tunbridge Wells 01892 633406
  • Lung Function Tests – Maidstone 01622 224521 – Tunbridge Wells 01892 634684
  • Bone Scan – Maidstone 01622 224521 – Tunbridge Wells 01892 634733
  • PET Scan (Alliance Medical) – Maidstone Hosp 0845 458 0103
  • Bronchoscopy / EBUS – Maidstone & Tun Wells 01892 638210

Community Palliative Care Team

  • Heart of Kent Hospice (Maidstone) 01622 792200
  • Hospice in the Weald (Pembury) 01892 820515
  • St Catherine’s Hospice (Crawley) 01293 447333
  • Wisdom Hospice (Rochester) 01634 830456
  • St Catherine’s Hospice (Uckfield) 01293 447333

Patient Transport

  • G4S Patient Transport 0800 096 0211
  • Community Care Service (Tun Wells area) 01892 511627
  • British Red Cross Transport Services 0800 028 0831

Charities / Helplines / Support

  • Macmillan Cancer Information and Support 01622 227 064 Service @ Maidstone Hospital
  • Macmillan Welfare Benefits 01634 333 511
  • Macmillan Cancer Support – National 0808 808 0000

Government Benefits

  • Attendance Allowance (over 65 years old) 0345 605 6055
  • Personal Independence Payment (under 65 years) 0800 917 2222
  • Disabled Parking “Blue Badge” – Kent 01622 605020 – East Sussex 01323 464244

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

If you would like to raise any concerns, make comments and suggestions or require information on Trust services, you can contact PALS. Office opening times are Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Both offices offer a 24 hour answering machine. Messages will be responded to within one working day, so please do leave a contact number.

PALS Maidstone Hospital 01622 224960
PALS Tunbridge Wells Hospital 01892 632953
PALS email mtwpals@nhs.net
PALS SMS 07747 782317