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Branston Club Raises Staff Awareness of Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Risks

Story published at 17:30, Wednesday, May 20th, 2015


Dr Natalie Jinks inspects assistant course manager Frank Allsop's mole watched by Julie Wymark (head of housekeeping) & Francesca Litting (human resources manager)

Dr Natalie Jinks inspects assistant course manager Frank Allsop’s mole watched by Julie Wymark (head of housekeeping) & Francesca Litting (human resources manager)

As one of the Midland’s leading Golf & Country Clubs, Branston Club has organised a Sun Safety & Skin Cancer prevention briefing for its many staff working outside,  including golf course green-keepers, housekeeping staff, crèche supervisors and gym instructors responsible for the spa and outdoor exercise all of whom may be at risk from too much ultra-violet radiation from the sun or sunbeds.

Dr Natalie Jinks MBChB, MRCP, who is working in general medicine at Northampton General Hospital prior to specialising in Dermatology, briefed Branston Club staff on the types and signs of skin cancer and how to avoid it. In a well-illustrated talk attended by staff most at risk, Dr Jinks described the ABCD rule for self-examination of skin moles: Asymmetry; Border; Colour & Diameter that are included in Cancer Research UK’s “Skin Cancer – how to spot the symptoms” leaflet.

‘ People don’t realise how damaging over-exposure to the sun’s ultra violet rays or those from a sun bed can be and how devastating is melanoma cancer – the tragic death of Radio Derby’s Colin Bloomfield should be a wake-up call to everyone working outdoors in Britain not just those who bask in the scorching sun on holidays abroad’ said Dr Jinks.

Francesca Litting, Branston Club’s human resources manager who organised the well-attended briefing session earlier this week said ‘ The welfare and safety of our dedicated team of over a hundred staff , many of whom spend long periods out in the open, is a very high priority and following Dr Jinks fascinating, if disturbing, session I’m sure that our staff will take greater care of themselves – I’m expecting a big run on stocks of sunscreen cream!’  ‘Already suspicious moles are being hunted and examined – not just those pests that invade our golf course’ she added.

Branston Club www.branstonclub.co.uk

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