Friday, 22 December 2017

Lily joins Harvey's Gang in Dundee

The Dundee team had Lily (10) visit and join Harvey's gang on 18th December. 

Lily was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma back in April after going to the doctor about a lump on her shoulder.  

Whilst being on chemotherapy Lily has won the National Championships for her dancing and won the Scottish Championships 2 weeks ago, only 10 days after the removal of her left shoulder blade and part of left shoulder muscle removed.  (Huge congratulations Lily).

She does Street dance, Ballet and Tap, to name but a few!

It was a delight to have Lily visit us today and for joining us with our wearing of silly specs!
Lesley MacDonald.

Welcome Lily to the family of Harvey's Gang: (Caitlin joined Harvey's gang in Ashford in 2015) Like Caitlin, who suffers from Ewing’s Sarcoma also, we are amazed at your strength and bravery too. Caitlin recently won a Good Morning Britain award. Perhaps Caitlin and you could become "pen-pals"?
Very best wishes,


Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Agatha joined Harvey's Gang in Dundee

Dundee BTS were joined by Agatha, 6, now 7 on Monday 13th November.  

Agatha was joined by her Mum and sister Meredith (2), also the penguin, now known as ‘Snowflake’.  

Agatha has Leukaemia but has been in remission since July.  

We were really kept on out toes with this visit, lots of really good questions.  

Nothing got past Agatha, she is almost a fully fledged BMS!  

Her favourite parts of the visit were the computer, holding a bag of cold red cells, watching manual blood grouping and getting to hold a pipette.

Good co-ordination by Agatha with her matching sparkly shoes and hair bow.

We hope Agatha enjoyed her birthday pamper party 

Thanks Lesley and team at Ninewells, Dundee 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Charlotte joins Harvey's Gang at RVI Newcastle

#HelloMyNameIs Charlotte and I am 8 and I love kittens.

I have poly-articular JIA. (Juvenile idiopathic arthritis). 

This means that I have arthritis in lots of my joints. I have medicine to make me better but it is nasty and I need my blood checking. I hate having my blood taken as it hurts and spoils my day. 

The JIA nurses told me about Harvey’s gang and said that I could see what happens to my blood. I was taken around the labs and allowed to be a scientist and given a bag of treats. I had a good day and it has helped me to understand why my blood is needed. Thank you. I love the red blood cell from the bag also everything else!

The scientists and assistants in the Blood Sciences laboratory loved having Charlotte as our newest trainee scientist; she is a great addition to Harvey’s Gang! 

All the laboratory staff find it very rewarding showing the members of Harvey’s Gang around, we often feel removed from the patient experience but meeting Harvey’s Gang members like Charlotte helps us remember what an important job we do. 

Hopefully Charlotte enjoyed her visit and will be a little less scared of having her bloods taken in the future.  

As far as I can see I do believe that Charlotte had a truly remarkable day with some amazing laboratory staff, well done everyone  at RVI: Great Patient experiences: thanks, Malcolm Robinson