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Papworth history

This weeks picture is a lovely uplifting painting by Paul Klee. I feel bit like the upside down bird as we have moved house. I did my best to make it as stressless for myself as possible but I can't avoid the boxes. And I've been distracted from blogging.

Apart from the actual relocation I have also managed to get and see a new GP and will get a new referral for the angiogram I need before Papworth will progress with he transplant assessment. I had got an appointment through but not until June so maybe this area will be quicker. Until then I won't go through to the next stage of the assessment.

I looked for some information on the history of Papworth Hospital as that would be helpful to provide some context to my transplant as that contextualises this whole blog:

Founded as a tubercolosis colony Papworth Hospital has been at the forefront of heart and lung medicine and was the site of the first UK heart transplant in 1979 and has been leading the way in transplantation for over 30 years.

It was home to the first successful heart transplant in the UK by Sir Terence English, and one of the world's first beating-heart transplants. Following the appointment of the first transplant service director, Professor John Wallwork, who had completed his medical training at Stanford, USA under the direction of Professor Norman Shumway, the first successful heart-lung transplant was carried out in 1984, followed by the first heart-lung, liver transplant in the world in October, 1986. Since 1991, all types of cardiopulmonary transplants have been carried out which include both single and bilateral lung transplants.

Papworth Hospital is to be granted a royal title following approval by the Queen. The honour will make Papworth, which celebrates its centenary next year, the first royal hospital in the East of England region.

The honour recognises the hospital's long history of pioneering treatment, and comes ahead of its move to a new location on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in 2018.

The hospital's move to the Biomedical Campus in September will see it become the most advanced cardiothoracic hospital in Europe.

I found the above on Wikipedia and Papworth's site; I could find no information on famous patients - apart from the Duke of Edinburgh who was treated there - I guess there aren't many celebrity transplant patients, which perhaps is not surprising as it's not a common procedure.

I'll post an update on the next stage of the transplant assessment next week, and I still have a beauty edit to do!

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