26 October 2015
Macmillan Cancer Support has teamed up with Libraries NI to provide information and advice about cancer in every single one of Northern Ireland’s 96 public libraries.
A wide range of booklets are now available in every branch and library staff have received cancer awareness training to ensure that people affected by cancer find the information they want, or are shown where to go to get the medical, emotional and financial support they need.
Public libraries in Northern Ireland see an annual footfall of approximately 5.5 million and have become vital community hubs, providing information on a variety of local services.
Paula Kealey, Senior Macmillan Development Manager, told the audience at Derry Central Library: 'Cancer patients are bombarded with information during their time in hospital. Many say they forget a lot of what they’ve been told within minutes of their consultation and only think of questions to ask long after.
'Families and carers may also have questions of their own. We want to ensure that people affected by cancer get the right information, at the right time, in the right place and from the right person. That’s why we are expanding our network of information and support centres and units in hospital into the community. Our leaflets are available in many GP practices and now in every single public library in Northern Ireland.'