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On Wednesday 16 September, an open day was held to celebrate the first anniversary of the NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre at Southmead Hospital.
Service users, health professionals, volunteers, complementary therapists and support groups all came together on Wednesday 16th to enjoy a slice of celebratory cake, sample some complementary therapies and see the range of services on offer.
The centre - a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and North Bristol NHS Trust - has reached 2,750 people affected by cancer in its first year, providing specialist information, advice and support.
The celebrations were doubly justified, as the centre has just been awarded with a Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM), which helps to ensure that people affected by cancer are treated and supported in physical environments of uniformly high quality. The NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre achieved a five for excellence overall – a seldom awarded top mark, being described as a ‘home from home’.
Helen France, Macmillan Project Manager at the centre said; 'We are thrilled to be celebrating the first birthday of the NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre at Southmead Hospital.
'We have been blown away by the number of people living with and beyond cancer who we have been able to make a positive difference to since we opened our doors a year ago. We receive excellent feedback about the welcome and support people receive when they visit the centre and we know it has really made a difference to the people we see.
'I am thrilled that we are now able to offer complementary therapies at the centre, something which has been an ambition for us since I first became involved with this project. Our first year has been rounded off perfectly with the announcement that we had attained the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark, further proof that we really are doing what we are here for.
'Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make the centre such a success in its first year, especially our wonderful volunteers.'
When Mike Ford first found out about the NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre he wasn’t sure it was for him – but six months on he feels he ‘couldn’t have been more wrong’.
The 82-year-old was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in March 2014 and had his initial treatment in Frenchay Hospital. He had subsequent treatment six months ago and was told about the centre when he was discharged from Southmead Hospital.
Mike explains; 'From the moment I entered it was like walking into a family environment, I didn’t realise how much they could help you. They have helped me enormously and have given me confidence. But they have also helped my family.'
Mike attends the centre every week, taking part in the walking group, supported by a volunteer who drives him to Southmead Hospital.
'This place has meant a great deal to me and I don’t have enough words to say thank-you.'
The centre is situated inside the refurbished Beaufort House on the Southmead Hospital site, and is open 9.30-16.30, Monday to Friday. Anyone with concerns about cancer can simply drop in. To find out more, please contact Helen France on 0117 414 7051 or email email@example.com
No one should face cancer alone.