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1st May 2014

 

CANCER INFORMATION SERVICE CELEBRATES

FIRST SIX MONTHS

The team behind the Macmillan Information Pod at Broomfield Hospital is celebrating a very successful first six months which has seen the service support over 1,500 people affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

 

The cancer information and support ‘pod’ in the foyer of Broomfield Hospital is a collaboration between the Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and Farleigh Hospice. The service enables anybody affected by life limiting illnesses - including patients, their relatives, carers and professionals - to access high quality information that is comprehensive, accurate and localised.

Maria Curtis, Macmillan team leader at the information centre, says:

“Since opening last autumn the Macmillan information pod has become an invaluable resource for people affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses in Mid-Essex. Word of the service spread quickly and we have seen steadily increasing numbers of visitors every week since we opened. We even exceeded the number of visitors we expected to see in the first year by January 2014.

“The service provides a listening ear, information and access to resources for anybody affected by life limiting illnesses. If you are a patient, relative, friend or somebody with questions about cancer or other life limiting illnesses, pop along to the pod and speak to a member of the team.”

The Information and support service is staffed by a Macmillan Information Manager from Farleigh Hospice three days per week and supported by a team of volunteers. The service is open Monday – Friday 09:00-17:00 hrs.

 

For further information, please contact:

Amy Guest, Regional Communications Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support

020 7091 2366 (out of hours 07801 307068)

aguest@macmillan.org.uk