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Tony Unveils Award at Spire Parkway Hospital, Solihull
8th June 2012
BLACK Sabbath star Tony Iommi has welcomed an award for a Midland hospital that helped him fight cancer.
The Birmingham-born guitarist, who revealed he had lymphoma earlier this year, spoke out during a visit to the Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, where he was treated.
The 63-year-old said: “The diagnosis was a huge shock to me but the care and attention I have received at the hospital has been absolutely second-to-none. “I’ve been made to feel comfortable, at home and at ease – with every worry or fear allayed and nurses giving me 24 hour access to them. “I could contact them if I had any immediate concerns at any time and at any stage of the chemotherapy and radiotherapy.”
Iommi was at an event at the hospital to commemorate the achievement of a Macmillan Quality Environment Mark, which measures standards of care for cancer patients.
He added: “The environment, care and quality of treatment were brilliant – I couldn’t have wished for more. “This award is well-deserved and I was delighted to be asked to unveil it.”
At the time of his diagnosis in January, a statement released on behalf of the band said: “Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan – the Iron Man of rock and roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.”
After the announcement, the group promised to plough on with plans for a new album.
Black Sabbath had also lined up a series of major dates during the year.
Left-handed guitarist Iommi famously lost the tips of two fingers working in a sheet metal factory as a teenager but learned to play with thimble-like devices to extend them.
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