Retired specialist joins forces with Treat Trust
03 November 2010
Posted in News
Consultant clinical oncologist Dr Salah El-Sharkawi, who retired last month, was hugely popular with patients and helped start Singleton Hospital's South West Wales Cancer Centre.
Now he has become a member of Treat Trust Wales and will provide expert advice as it progresses its plans for a £10 million therapy centre at Morriston Hospital.
Husband and wife team Mike and Melanie Davies, who live near Pontardawe, are the driving force behind the project.
It was Dr Sharkawi who treated Mike when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer the year after the couple married in 2004.
Melanie explained: "Salah used to read all the Evening Post clippings about Treat Trust Wales and showed a lot of interest.
"Because he was treating Mike it wasn't the appropriate time to ask him to get on board.
"But when we heard he was coming up to retirement we thought he would be a wonderful man to have with us."
Treat Trust Wales has prepared an architect's brief for the centre, which includes facilities such as a therapy room, swimming pool and fitness suite.
Because of his background, Dr Sharkawi will be on the panel of experts that will advise Treat as to whether the facilities are what is actually needed.
"The brief is organic and will keep changing until building work starts," said Melanie.
"There will be room to add things or change things, depending on what our experts tell us."
Another medical expert to join the charity is retired Morriston Hospital orthopaedic surgeon Rob Leyshon, who has become one of its trustees.
And to get feedback from the people of South West Wales, Treat will be holding a series of information events in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend starting later this month.
"We will be going out to the people rather than expecting them to come to us," added Melanie.
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