New cancer support centre opens at Weston General Hospital
PUBLISHED: 07:40 04 March 2018
Macmillan Cancer Support has opened a centre for patients at Weston General Hospital.
Mayor Jos Holder and MP John Penrose joined charity and hospital staff for the opening on February 22.
The centre will provide support and advice for anyone affected by cancer, whether they are a patient, friend or relative.
It includes a large room full of displays and refreshments facilities, plus a quiet room for one-to-one sessions if required.
The design is the first of three Macmillan are trialling around the country.
Dr Peter Collins, Weston Area Health NHS Trust’s medical director, said: “This is a superb new facility which will be a valuable part of the care our teams provide to people living with cancer.
“When anyone is diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening condition, worries about loss of income or benefits and how treatments may impact on lifestyle can add extra anxiety to an already difficult situation.
“As a clinician involved in cancer care, I know access to good quality, trustworthy and easily understood advice and information can improve a patient’s overall wellbeing.
“Many of us will be affected by cancer in our lifetime but the good news is that more and more people are receiving effective treatments.
“Having a place to come and learn about living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis is important and we’re extremely grateful for the investment from Macmillan.”