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
Macmillan Cancer Support and Boots UK have been working in partnership for the last five years combining our expertise to connect people and their loved ones to cancer information and support in their community.
We want to ensure everyone affected by cancer will be able to have conversations about the wider, practical and emotional issues, at a time when they need it most.
Over the past five years the partnership with Boots has raised over £10 million pounds for Macmillan and we have provided Boots Pharmacists and No7 Advisers with bespoke cancer training to enable them to provide advice and support to people affected by cancer.
Jackie Creed is a Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist (BMIP) in Redditch at the Kingfisher Centre, together with her colleague Harpreet Hayer. They provide advice on recovery, living well, and managing the side effects of cancer treatment, emotional support and signpost to financial and practical support services.
Jackie says, 'I became a BMIP after my father in law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, my mother in law didn’t know where to turn to for support and I wanted to help make sure other people didn’t go through the same thing. I have never looked back, I love being able to support other patients with the knowledge I have gained and help make their cancer journey that bit more bearable.'
Jackie’s colleague Gill Casey is a Boots Macmillan Beauty Adviser (BMBA) who has been trained to give tips and advice on how to manage the visible side-effects of cancer, such as defining sparse eyebrows and eyelashes, to help people affected by cancer feel more like themselves.
The BMIPs and BMBAs work closely together in store to ensure people can be signposted to other appropriate local Macmillan support and services. The store team also arrange visits to local hospices, such as Primrose Hospice in Bromsgrove, to provide make up tips and demonstrations.
Jackie recalls one elderly gentleman she supported, 'He dropped by and I took him into our consultation room for a chat, he was concerned about some symptoms he was having after treatment and I reassured him that what he was experiencing was normal. He also had worries about money so I signposted him to the Worcestershire Macmillan CAB service.
'At the end of the conversation he dissolved into tears and said that I was the first person who had actually taken the time to really listen to him and understand his concerns. It is just what we do every day as pharmacists but I found it so rewarding to have made a difference to him.'
There are twelve BMIP’s and five BMBA’s across Worcestershire, to find your nearest Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist or Beauty Advisor visit www.boots.com/storelocator . You don’t need an appointment, you can just drop in, but if you are making a special trip it is advisable to call ahead to check availability.
To find out more about Macmillan’s partnership with Boots UK visit www.macmillan.org.uk/boots. If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just someone to talk to, call free, Monday to Friday 9am-8pm on 0808 808 00 00 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.
Macmillan would like to thank the many volunteers who dedicate their time to support people affected by cancer.
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87-90 Albert Embankment
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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
Community Nurse Teams operate across the area, based in Bromsgrove, Evesham, Kidderminster and Malvern, supporting people affected by cancer in their homes.
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