Notice for National Aspergillosis Centre Patients

NOTICE FOR PATIENTS WHO ATTEND THE NATIONAL ASPERGILLOSIS CENTRE (NAC), MANCHESTER.

The NHS in the UK is currently facing an extremely demanding situation in acute and critical care and Wythenshawe Hospital is no different as we run an active A&E department. We need to plan for increasing admissions and demand over the next few weeks, so we are expanding this aspect of our resources as much as possible so as to be ready. Unfortunately this means that staff are having to be taken from other services, and as NAC is part of the Infectious Diseases department our staff are in particular demand.

Consequently for a limited time we are having to reduce the size of our clinics as much as possible. Many people are stable and after discussion with NAC staff can be given a new appointment with no ill effects. Those who feel that they need to be seen, or who we feel need to be seen will be seen after a discussion with one of our specialist nursing team. Essential care remains a priority.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
If you have an appointment at NAC on or before the end of April 2020 please phone our dedicated line to either rearrange or speak to a nurse. Call

“Aspergillus and me” by Los Trensplantados

“Aspergillus and me” is a song written by Alessandro Pasqualotto, a medical mycologist from Brazil, and two transplant patients, Jimi Joe (kidney), and King Jim (liver). 

The initiative started when King was hospitalized due to a chronic cough. King is known for being asthmatic and he has some mild bronchiectasis, in addition to being a liver transplant recipient. A bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) was performed, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa was recovered in culture, in addition to Aspergillus fumigatus (galactomannan testing was not performed). At that time, Alessandro Pasqualotto visited King in the hospital primarily as a fan, not as a physician. After collecting several autographs in vinyl albums from the 80’s (King was part of the famous rock band Garotos da Rua), Pasqualotto and King started a discussion on the relevance of A. fumigatus in his BAL exam. Despite being treated with voriconazole by order of the medical team in charge, Pasqualotto thought the musician was only colonized by the fungus. The dilemma surrounding the relevance of Aspergillus in this context motivated both Pasqualotto and King to write a song about that.

After being discharged from the hospital, King collected a group of experienced musicians to record Pasqualotto’s song. This included Jimi Joe, a kidney transplant recipient who together with King formed the band “Los Tresplantados”, a group of three transplant musicians that approaches the importance of organ donation, as well as opportunistic infections. Los Tresplantados, however, have never written a song about fungal infections, so this was a great opportunity to increase people’s awareness of such important diseases.

So this is what “Aspergillus and me” are all about. Alternatively, musicians also refer to this song as “When Black Sabbath meets Neil Young”. We hope you enjoy the song!

Contacts: Alessandro C. Pasqualotto (acpasqualotto@gmail.com)

WhatsUp number: +55 51 999951614

Interview link (Portuguese only): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyywH0LtS50

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