My week

Rita Sage, social worker, Tenovus

Rita Sage
Rita Sage


Although I've had a busy weekend, I have no problems getting up because I love my job. As a trained nurse, I have always cared for people, and in my current job I specialise in providing advice and support to cancer patients in Wales.

I pop into the office to pick up my messages, and later in the morning I drive to our mobile cancer support unit, our very own big-blue bus, which provides cancer services to communities in south Wales.

There's a social care team on board, and people can get advice and information on subjects such as treatments and benefits. Cancer patients can also arrange appointments on board the bus for home visits.


Today is an early start because I attend a team meeting at our office in north Cardiff. At the meeting there are doctors, specialist nurses and social workers, and after our initial catch-up we make progress in our discussions about palliative care among cancer patients.

After the meeting, I make a couple of home visits in the nearby area. One of them is to see a 56-year-old lady who has recently had surgery for colon cancer and talk to her about palliative treatment.


I spend most of the morning catching up on emails and making calls to patients to book in home visits and visits to the unit for the coming week. Wednesday always seems to be a busy day in the office.

In the afternoon, I attend our cancer support team meeting at the office. It's a good chance to catch up with everyone there because, with all the home visits during the week, we tend not to be in the office at the same time all that often.


On the way into work, I stop by one of the Tenovus charity shops to talk to some of the volunteers about the services we offer and to invite them along to see the mobile unit at one of our local fundraising events.

I don't visit the mobile unit today because Thursday is a chemotherapy day: patients from the area can go and get their treatment on the bus. An area is set aside especially for this purpose, and nurses from the nearby Velindre Hospital stay on board and administer their therapy.

I have a number of home visits to make down in the valleys in the afternoon.


Friday is my office day and, more importantly, my chance to catch up with everyone on all the gossip and what everyone is doing at the weekend. I plan ahead for the coming week and go through all the week's reports before heading home for a restful weekend.

Tenovus offers support, advice and treatment for cancer patients in Wales and carries out research into cancer.

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