LEGENDARY guitar hero Tony Iommi made a special appearance at a Solihull hospital on Tuesday (August 9), just days before jetting off to the States for a sell-out tour with Black Sabbath.
Tony was at Spire Parkway Hospital’s Cancer Centre to present a prestigious Macmillan Quality Environment Mark.
The 68-year-old, who has been ranked as one of the top 25 guitarists in the world, was a regular visitor to the hospital for over two years after he was successfully treated for lymphoma.
Tony said he was delighted to be back in Solihull on such a happy occasion and added the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM) was thoroughly deserved.
He added: “I received tremendous treatment when I was here and it is no real surprise to me that the new centre has received this award so soon after opening.
“This is a great boost to cancer services in this area.
“I know first-hand how talented and caring the people here are and I am sure having this fantastic new building is going to make things even better for patients.”
The MQEM is awarded after a rigorous assessment of the centre is made to ensure cancer care environments meet the standards required by people living with cancer.
It is the first assessment tool of its kind in the UK and looks for easy access, respectful treatment of patients, support to the patients comfort and giving control to the user.
Spire Parkway cancer services manager Elisa Follen said: “It was an honour to be awarded the MQEM and for Tony to come and hand it over was the icing on the cake.
“He is very well liked by everyone here who met him during his treatment and is a great friend of the hospital.
“We have a fantastic team with in-depth specialist knowledge along with some experienced and very well respected consultants.
“The cancer journey is a tough and emotional one for everyone involved – including family and friends – but I think we have what we need to make that journey as comfortable and successful as possible.”