14 October 2015
From left: Tom Hacker; Paul Vose; Dr Nicholas Spencer, Consultant Radiologist; Kimberley Priestley, Macmillan Information Manager and Karen Scott, Macmillan Development Manager
A service providing cancer information and support has been officially opened in Wakefield.
The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service at Pinderfields Hospital offers free support, advice and information for anyone affected by cancer. The service is staffed by a dedicated Macmillan Information Manager and a team of volunteers, providing cancer-specific literature. The team also helps promote local support groups and self-management courses and can signpost to counselling or other supportive services.
Katrina Tyldsley, Group Manager for Cancer at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: ‘The results from the National Cancer Patient Survey showed there was more we could be doing to provide information for patients, particularly around diagnosis, discharge from hospital, support groups and research. We engaged with clinical teams and planned how we could fill the gaps in information that patients were reporting and successfully approached Macmillan who have funded this fantastic resource for our patients, carers and staff.
‘Anyone living with cancer, their relatives and friends will be able to access free information and support in a relaxed and informal environment without the need to make an appointment.’
The service also includes satellite information stands at the Trust’s Dewsbury Hospital and Pontefract Hospital sites.
Karen Scott, Macmillan Development Manager for the Wakefield area, said: ‘The service will be a fantastic resource for anyone affected by cancer. Services such as this are vital sources of support and are there to help make sure no one faces cancer alone.’
The launch of the service coincided with Macmillan’s flagship fundraising event, World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Tom Hacker, who ran six marathons in six days to raise money for Macmillan, was on hand to share some inspiring words with guests at the launch while patient Paul Vose, who has been involved in the development of the service, cut the ribbon.