A new “friendly and private” space to provide support, information and advice to those affected by cancer has opened.
Macmillan Cancer Support has funded and introduced a new facility - called ‘the pod’- in the main outpatient area of Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
The pod will provide a space for patients, carers and family members impacted by cancer to access appropriate information and assistance.
From managing symptoms to advice on benefits and financial support, the pod will also offer expert help and has a wide-range of Macmillan booklets to take away.
Stacey Nutt, lead cancer nurse at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), said: “A cancer diagnosis is life changing and can come with worry, anxiety and uncertainty.
“It is important that we don’t just think about providing excellent care and treatment but also provide excellent support for our patients and their carers throughout every step of their cancer journey.”
While the facility is now open to the public, further work is ongoing to build consultation rooms and will be fully launched in January 2019.
The pod has been launched in partnership with the Macmillan Living Well Team from Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
Ms Nutt said the pod was a “fantastic addition” to the cancer services already provided at DBTH.
She added: “This facility will provide a pleasant and comfortable environment for visitors to seek support from someone about things that, without someone to talk to, can seem daunting.”
The pod will be staffed by trained Macmillan volunteers on weekdays between 8.30am and 4.30pm.