NHS and Macmillan team up at event for people affected by cancer in Southport


Photo: Southport Theatre and Convention Centre

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is joining forces with Macmillan Cancer Information and Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group at a free health and well-being clinic in Southport on Thursday 9th July.

The event at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre is an opportunity to find out how to access local support, information and advice to help patients and their families adjust to life with and beyond cancer. It will run from 4pm to 6.30pm.

Jackie Brunton, the Trust’s Cancer Services Manager/Lead cancer Nurse, said: “We’re delighted to join forces again with the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, building on the success of previous health and well-being clinics. We would also be delighted to welcome friends and family to come along as we understand how a cancer diagnosis affects not just the person with cancer.”

Cancer nurse specialists will be on hand to offer advice and support along with local organisations including Sefton Active Lifestyles, local benefits advisors and Sefton/West Lancs Carers Support.

Information on fitness, walking groups, diet, benefits, stopping smoking, and carers’ support will also be available as well as the opportunity to talk to other people living with and affected by cancer. Drinks and biscuits will be provided and interactive sessions will include:

• A presentation on the HOPE course (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively)
• A seated yoga taster session
• Mini make-up classes from Boots No7
• Healthy food demonstrations
• Hand massages from Sefton OPERA (Older Persons Enabling Resource and Action)

Barbara Flowers, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager, said:
“We understand how patients can often feel they lose the safety net of support they receive while attending the hospital regularly for treatment. These events are designed to help people to return to everyday activities and make the most of the good things in their life. If you have any questions, we are here to help.”

Places are free but 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]

A further event will be held on Thursday 12 November between 1pm and 3.30pm.


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