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The Puffin Appeal

Dr David Spencer, Dr Chris O'Brien and Dr. Mike McKean have spent many years caring for young patients at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, Freeman and General Hospitals. They are all specialists in complex childhood breathing disorders, into which they also carry out research.

This pioneering work has improved the lives of many youngsters but they recognise there is still an enormous opportunity to improve upon the quality of life of these children and help each one live as full a life as possible.

Each year many children from as far away as Carlisle, Cleveland, Scotland and Ireland travel to Newcastle for specialist care. This demand from desperately ill children has stretched current resources to the limit.

When admitted for diagnosis and treatment, young patients and their families can face further upheaval due to childhood services being divided between the three hospitals. This can affect patient care, as patients may have to move between units for investigation and treatment causing delays and distress for the children and their families.

The Puffin Appeal has been set up by Dr Spencer to create a world-class childhood respiratory unit in the North of England and to care for youngsters with cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma and other lung diseases. A great deal of research is still needed to help us understand lung diseases in children.

With your help we can conduct this research into respiratory diseases which will help to make a real difference in the day-to-day lives of young patients.