Macmillan improves the lives of people affected by cancer locally. We provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. Cancer affects us all. We can all help. We are Macmillan in Worcestershire.
'Focus On' Macmillan in Worcestershire
November marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month and with around 43,500 people diagnosed with the disease each year, it is the UK’s second-most diagnosed cancer. Macmillan wants to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone and its services across Worcestershire provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support to people affected by the disease.
Constantly improving the quality of cancer and palliative care services across the country are Macmillan GP Facilitators. Working with local healthcare professionals to raise the standards of cancer care, they assess services that are already in place and identify any areas that could be improved.
Dr Elizabeth Seakins is a Macmillan GP Facilitator in Worcestershire and helps promote the early and timely diagnosis of cancer.
‘I work with GPs to raise awareness of cancer and look at how people are referred for further tests in hospitals, which is called secondary care. In October we got a group of GPs in south Worcestershire together to look at the changes to recommendations about recognising suspected cancer. A lively discussion ensued!
‘We handed out copies of the Macmillan referral toolkit for GPs and advocates from other charities also came along to talk about the support they could give to people living with cancer, such as Walking for Health.’
Elizabeth also sits on the Worcestershire Acute Trust Cancer Board, where she helps to put across the point of view of the GP when it comes to cancer care, and works closely with the Macmillan services across the county.
‘The people behind the Macmillan services and partnerships in Worcestershire try to meet regularly to make sure we’re supporting people affected by cancer locally as well as we can. This includes the information and support centres, the welfare rights advisers and hospice team members, to name but a few.
‘The best part of my job is helping my fellow GPs to understand things better and it is rewarding when they say they now know things they didn’t know before. I’ve had other roles working with GPs to better understand cancer care and think this is an important part of our work, so I’m really pleased to be part of Macmillan and to be able to continue this work.’
Elizabeth added: ‘The new two-week wait guidelines for lung cancer referral mean more people will be referred for tests. The good news is that the majority of people referred will not have lung cancer but this should lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment for the few that do.
Possible lung cancer signs and symptoms:
a cough for three weeks or more
a change in a cough that you’ve had for a long time
a chest infection that doesn’t get better, or repeated chest infections
feeling breathless and wheezy for no reason
coughing up blood
chest or shoulder pain that doesn’t get better
a hoarse voice for three weeks or more.
No one should face cancer alone. Call the Macmillan Support Line, whatever your worries, on 0808 808 0000. Lines are open Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.
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More about Macmillan in Worcestershire
Macmillan Cancer Support offers a wide range of clinical and well being support services for people affected by cancer in Worcestershire. These services are made possible by the donations raised by our dedicated supporters.
Our team of Macmillan health professionals in Worcestershire are helping people living with cancer in our hospitals and local communities.
Just a few of the cancer specialism’s we offer are:
Gynaecology, Urology, Occupational Therapy, Dietitian, Speech and Language Therapy, Chemotherapy, Dermatology, Lymphoedema, Upper Gastro-Intestinal and Palliative Care
In addition to the medical support we offer, Worcestershire patients benefit from the support of Macmillan's emotional and financial support services.
These include the telephone support line, which is free to call and can help with general information and advice about cancer, on 0808 808 0000, offering specialist advice about benefits and youth advice for children and young people affected by cancer.
We can signpost to the following information and well being services based within the county;
Cancer Information and Support Centres, with services operating within the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, Kidderminster Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, providing free and readily accessible information, without appointment.
Financial Support Services from Worcestershire Macmillan Citizens Advice team, with benefits advisers based in Redditch, Kidderminster and Worcester. Contact the team by calling 01905 725946 or visit www.cabwhabac.org.uk
Macmillan also funds a patient welfare grant scheme, which in 2013 alone gave a total of £73,393 in one-off grants to 260 county patients who were in financial hardship. This has supported requests for fuel bill payments, clothing and house hold equipment such as washing machines and bedding.
As you can see from the current team of health care professionals listed above, the people of Worcestershire benefit from a wealth of experienced and professional cancer care specialists. With your support, we can help to increase the range of nursing support we can offer in our local community.
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We’d be grateful to hear your story - as little or as much as you’d like to share. If this is something that interests you, simply contact us by calling 07850 772981 or 0300 1000 200, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org