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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

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 S Husain (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 –  Tunbridge Wells 01892 635358

Macmillan Cancer Support Worker

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

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 225047 – Tunbridge Wells 01892 634733
  • PET Scan (Alliance Medical) – Maidstone Hosp 081622 228235
  • 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

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