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Wales to give Kieffer Moore and Chris Mepham time to prove fitness

Wales forward Kieffer Moore was forced off after just 40 minutes at Wembley
Wales forward Kieffer Moore was forced off after just 40 minutes at Wembley

Wales will give Kieffer Moore and Chris Mepham time to prove their fitness for Sunday’s Nations League match against the Republic of Ireland.

Cardiff City striker Moore was forced off during the 3-0 friendly loss to England at Wembley with a bruised toe.

Bournemouth defender Mepham picked up a knee injury late on and both players will be assessed.

“They’re struggling a little bit. We’ll give them as much time as possible,” said Wales manager Ryan Giggs.

“We won’t take any risks if there are any risks but we’re keen for them both to be involved.

“We’ll have another day of treatment today [Saturday] so we’ll see how those injuries settle down.”

Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has linked up with the Wales squad in Dublin after missing the England game.

Ramsey was part of the club’s Covid-19 bubble following an outbreak.

“Aaron’s trained all week with Juve and he joined up with us yesterday when we landed in Dublin,” Giggs added.

“He’s fit to play and in good shape.”

Wales are light on forward options to replace Moore, with Hal Robson-Kanu already out of the squad after breaking his arm.

Moore would be sorely missed if he is ruled out of the Ireland game.

The physically imposing Cardiff City striker has established himself as an important first-team player under Giggs, scoring three goals in his eight appearances to date and helping Wales qualify for next summer’s European Championship.

After their match against the Republic of Ireland, Wales visit Bulgaria on Wednesday.

Ben Davies proud to skipper Wales despite England loss

Although Robson-Kanu’s withdrawal leaves Moore as the only out-and-out centre-forward in the squad, Giggs does not anticipate he will call up a replacement.

That is because Wales are in their own bubble, an enclosed environment to comply with coronavirus protocols, and any additional call-ups would require testing before they can join the squad for training.

“No, it will be very difficult because we’re in the bubble,” Giggs said when asked if Wales might call for cover.

“We have got other options but hopefully he will be okay and it is only bruised.”

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Nurse navigator to give patients extra resource during cancer treatment at St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital


With the addition of a new nurse navigator, patients at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital will have one more resource to count on as they navigate treatment.

Jessica Miller, who also operates as the clinical nurse for the center, started in her new role in March.

The role of the nurse navigator isn’t a new one within the health care field but is new to the cancer center, which is part of the CHI St. Luke’s health systems.

The St. Luke’s The Woodlands location is an extension of the flagship Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center located in the Texas Medical Center.

As the nurse navigator, Miller helps facilitate the care for new patients who have been recently diagnosed.

“When patients come through our doors, the whole process of getting a diagnosis can be very daunting, just very stressful,” Miller said. “The nurse navigator helps get the patient started.”

Before this role was created at the cancer center, the many aspects of the nurse navigator job were being filled by various other staff members. Now, the coordination and education for the patient are more concentrated.

The nurse navigator helps educate patients about treatment, coordinate with necessary treatments like CT scans, coordinate with referrals to other departments, and helps provide access to resources like social workers or financial assistance. Miller acts as a liaison and advocate for her patients. The central point between doctors, nurses, and caregivers.

Miller started her nursing career in Colorado at an acute care placement center for trauma and oncology. She moved to The Woodlands about three years ago and has seen the cancer center go through several changes in structure and location. One of the things she loves about being the nurse navigator is being able to help her patients understand their treatment options through education.

“Being that advocate for them was something I really enjoyed and I think they saw that and asked if I would be interested in the position,” Miller said of