A new information and support service is being launched next week to provide assistance to anyone affected by cancer in North Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Macmillan Cancer Support, in partnership with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, is to open the information and support centre at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
“There will be a team of experts and trained volunteers on hand to answer any questions”
The £358,000 centre, which is funded by Macmillan and is the charity’s first in the area, is due to open on 13 February.
Further outlets in convenient locations at the trust’s Furness General and Westmorland General Hospitals will also be developed as the service grows.
It will provide vital practical cancer information and emotional support to help people deal with the impact of cancer on their health but also on things such as work, family life and finances.
The centre will be run by a manager, alongside a team of trained volunteers, who will “signpost” patients and the public, as well as clinicians and healthcare professionals, to other local support services and provide a facility to help people to “live with and beyond cancer”.
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
Pauline Robinson, Macmillan lead cancer nurse at the trust, said: “As the service develops, there will be a team of experts and trained volunteers on hand to answer any questions, lend a listening ear and provide vital information and support.
“All visitors to the centre will be able to access booklets, leaflets and other sources of information, free of charge,” she noted.
Lynne Wyre, the trust’s deputy chief nurse, added: “This new facility will provide an area for people affected by cancer and their families in Morecambe Bay to seek advice and support during what can be an extremely distressing and emotional time.
“It is fantastic that we have been able to work so closely with Macmillan who has funded the facility as it will be a real asset to the local community for years to come,” she said.