New cancer information service

Cancer Centre Waiting RoomA new cancer information service for people affected by or concerned about cancer will be launched by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust this spring.

The service will provide support, information and practical advice about living and coping with, and beyond, cancer by a team of trained staff and volunteers at sites across both Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble hospitals.
 
Macmillan Cancer has provided funding of £335,000 for the new service and the Rosemere Cancer Foundation has donated £100,000 to build and equip a purpose built Information Centre at the Rosemere Cancer Centre at Royal Preston Hospital, one of the locations from which the new service will operate.

Rachel Glascott, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said:”Whether you’re a patient, family member, friend or carer, we will be here to provide information and support for you at every stage of your cancer journey.  Visitors will also be able to pick up booklets, leaflets and other sources of information – all free of charge.”
 
Jeremy Such, Macmillan Development Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this project which we know will provide a much needed service. Research by Macmillan has shown that getting the right information at the right time in a supportive atmosphere can make a real difference to how people cope with cancer.”
 
Sue Thompson, Chief Officer of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation said: “Being able to access any information they need from a central facility in the heart of the Cancer Centre will make a huge difference to cancer patients and the families supporting them.  As a local cancer charity we are very pleased to have been able to play a part in such a vital project.”

The first of the three new centres has opened in the Rosemere Cancer Centre at Royal Preston Hospital.  The centre is open for drop-in visits from Monday to Friday from 10am-4pm and appointments are also available outside those times.  For further information or to make an appointment contact Rachel Glascott on 01772 523709 or by email on cancerinfocentre@lthtr.nhs.uk


Karen Partington, Chief Executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said:”As the regional cancer centre, our focus is on providing excellent care with compassion for cancer patients from across Lancashire and South Cumbria. This new service will complement the medical care we provide and I am sure it will be an invaluable resource for patients, families and health professionals.”