Health and Wellbeing clinic for people affected by cancer

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Health and Wellbeing clinic for people affected by cancer

Health organisations have joined forces to host a wellbeing event at the Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport, PR8 6JH between1pm and 3.30pm on Thursday 23rd October.

Visitors will have the opportunity to find out what support, information, advice and facilities are available to help adjust to life with and beyond cancer.

There will be advice on fitness, walking groups, dietary, benefits, stopping smoking, carers’ support, and from local support groups and cancer nurse specialists.

There will be short talks from health professionals, covering living well after cancer, your feelings after cancer treatment, relaxation, and healthy eating and lifestyle. 

Free refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon and there will be the opportunity to talk to other people with similar experiences, which can provide reassurance, reduce anxiety and combat a sense of isolation.

The event is supported by local organisations including Sefton ActiveLifestyles, Benefits Advisor and Sefton and West Lancs Carers Support.

Friends and family are welcome to come along but as places are limited, booking is essential.

For information or to book a place contact Helen, Barbara or Sarah at the Southport Macmillan Information and Support Centre on 0151 288 6893 or [email protected]

Doreen Coles, a former cancer patient, who volunteers at the Macmillan Information and Support Service, said: “It can be hard to remember all the information and support that you are told about when you are first diagnosed with cancer. We are encouraging people affected by cancer to come along to the event, so they are better informed about how they can make a positive difference to their every-day life.

Sue Summerfield, Matron for Cancer Services at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We’re delighted to join forces with the Macmillan Cancer Information and& Support Service to bring together local support, information and advice for people in Southport, Ormskirk and the surrounding areas to help them find ways of living with and beyond cancer.

Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Development Manager for the area added: “No one with cancer should have to face it alone; they should have easy access to high quality care, treatment, information and support, to meet their medical, practical, emotional and financial needs. They should feel able to enjoy life to the full and research has shown how important health and wellbeing is to the recovery and long-term health of cancer patients.”

Barbara Flowers, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager, said: “This is a particularly difficult time for many patients since they often feel they lose the safety net of support they receive when they are attending the hospital regularly for treatment and often find it difficult to return to everyday activities.

“We hope that this event will be one of many in the future to provide better information and support to people affected by cancer. Just give us a call at the Centre in Southport on 0151 288 6897 to book, or if you have any questions, we are here to help.”

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