European Launch of the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC)

This event took place on Monday July 7th at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

The GTC aims to improve on the treatment and safety of all neckbreathers (laryngectomees or tracheostomees) when they need medical care. It follows on the work of NALC and the NTSP in the UK.

Our Secretary, Malcolm Babb, was invited to speak at the event in his capacity as President of NALC. He used the opportunity to highlight examples of poor care, including that received by members of HNChelp.  A video of his presentation is available here

GTC launch  (advance to 11-21am)

One of the highlights of the event was a talk by Professor Stephen Hawking sharing his experiences as a tracheostomy and then later as a  laryngectomee.