11th January 15
The students of Woburn House (Blue House) and the staff of The Lady Elizabeth School have for many years sponsored the MABS Cancer Support Group, one of the leading charities in Spain dedicated to the support of all who are affected by cancer, whether patients or those close to them – family, friends or carers.
MABS have recently opened a new facility within Hospital Ferris at Fontilles, which provides not only a treatment room but also in-house medical care and counselling services for cancer patients or their families to enable them to talk on a one to one basis.
The President of MABS, Jaqui Phillips MBE, invited a group of Lady Elizabeth School students to visit this new facility where they were given a guided tour of the hospital by the Chief microbiologist, Dr Pedro Torres.
The students were given the chance to speak to the staff about the services the hospital provides and were shown around the museum which displays not only the history of Fontilles but also the various medical successes and some of the first equipment which was used when the hospital first opened at the beginning of the 20thcentury.The hospital was originally created to provide care and treatment for those suffering Hansen’s disease, more commonly known as Leprosy. Thanks to the research completed by microbiologists such as Dr Torres and his colleagues a cocktail of antibiotics and other medicines are now available and have proven to cure the disease.
The staff and students of The Lady Elizabeth School found the visit to be extremely interesting and, on their return, the students gave a presentation to the whole school about the history Fontilles Hospital, which is a world renowned centre for research into cures for otherwise deadly diseases.