My name is Rebecca Thomas, and I am the lead consultant for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) services in York. I was appointed in 2007 to replace Dr Hunter, and I am responsible for the medical care of adult patients with CF in York hospital.
We run outpatient and inpatient services here in York. I work as part of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) to manage the care delivered to people with CF who access our service. The MDT includes a specialist CF nurse, dietician and physiotherapist, as well as psychology and social work input and associated non-respiratory medical team members. I also work closely with the Leeds CF team, and an adult CF consultant comes from Leeds to the York clinic twice a year. As an adult service, we work hard with the local paediatric services to try and make transition as smooth as possible for young adults living with CF.
In my background, I qualified in Bristol and then spent my early years getting a good grounding in the NHS in Bristol, Birmingham and Norwich. Next I began my registrar training in Leicester, where I completed my research degree (Doctor of Medicine or MD) with funding from the University of Leicester and the Wellcome Trust, and worked as part of the respiratory and cystic fibrosis teams there. I moved up to Yorkshire in 2003 and completed my training in a number of Yorkshire Hospitals, including Leeds and York.
I think Yorkshire is a fantastic place to live and work and I love being here for many reasons - I've tried to celebrate a few with some photos on the front page and look forward to seeing yours too!
My aim is to continually improve the service we offer to you and to give you the best local service we can.
Rebecca Thomas, consultant