We have all kinds of projects going on across the UK right now – and they’re all possible thanks to supporters like you.
Shaping aftercare in Scotland
We launched a new partnership with the Scottish government in June that will transform the care people receive after cancer treatment.
We’re investing £5 million – the most we’ve ever invested in a single project in Scotland. This will help ensure everyone receives care and support tailored to their individual needs after treatment, and reduce unnecessary outpatient appointments.
Spreading the word in Wales
In July we took our mobile information and support service to the 50th Royal Welsh Show, in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells. Europe’s biggest agricultural show, the Royal Welsh is a great opportunity to reach out to people affected by cancer in rural communities.
Our team of information and support specialists spoke to over 1,600 visitors – 17% more than in 2012. They also met with Assembly members including Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales and Mark Drakeford, Welsh Government Health Minister.
New success in Northern Ireland
The Transforming Cancer Follow Up programme is going from strength to strength, with all five Northern Ireland health trusts now on board. Launched in 2011, it is a partnership between Macmillan, the Health and Social Care Board, the Public Health Agency and the Northern Ireland Cancer Network.
As part of the programme, selected breast cancer patients are receiving more tailored aftercare plans. This means they have the tools and support they need to manage their own health requirements, and access specialist help when it’s needed. Around 300 patients and carers have already attended health and well-being events after finishing treatment, and the feedback so far has been excellent.
New environments in England
In England, we’re excited to announce our involvement in three new cancer builds.
The Macmillan Wellbeing Centre at Southmead Hospital will be the first dedicated Macmillan centre in Bristol. It will give people access to financial support services, and help with getting back to work and managing symptoms such as pain, emotional problems or fatigue.
Southend’s purpose-built information and support centre is due to open in early 2014. With 19 people in Essex finding out they have cancer every day, it will address a huge need. Currently, there isn’t a centre in the area and the hospital acts as a cancer treatment hub.
The new £3m Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre in Stevenage will provide double the amount of space currently available. So far we’ve raised £120,000 towards the costs of the build, so there’s still some way to go.
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