By: Kimberley Rushton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is joining forces with Macmillan Cancer Information to offer free health and well-being clinics for people affected by cancer. The first event will be held on Thursday 19 March 2015.
The clinics will provide an opportunity for people to find out how to access local support, information and advice to help them and their families adjust to life with and beyond cancer. The first clinic will be held on Thursday 19 March, 1pm to 3.30pm, Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.
Jackie Brunton Cancer Services Manager/Lead cancer Nurse at the Trust, said: “We’re delighted to join forces again with the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, building on the success of the previous two health and well-being clinics in 2014. 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, who may have had similar experiences. There will be refreshments available and parking at the NCP car park near the venue is 80p. Interactive sessions will also be held, including:
• A presentation on the benefits of physical activity during and after cancer
• A tai chi 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 SFCCG.email@example.com
Further events will be held this year at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on the following dates:
• Thursday 9 July 4pm – 6.30pm
• Thursday 12 November 1pm – 3.30pm
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