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New cancer support centre opens at King's Lynn hospital

A new £625,000 Cancer Wellbeing and Support Centre where patients and their families can receive support and information following a cancer diagnosis, has opened at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

It will be a welcoming space for patients to access non-clinical services at the hospital with a specific focus on supporting the long-term impact of cancer.

From Monday, patients are encouraged to drop-in for a cup of tea and a chat, giving them the opportunity to speak openly about their cancer experience with others.

A new centre for cancer patients
A new centre for cancer patients

The Centre has been funded by QEH’s Charitable Fund and will enable the Trust to expand its current services to include counselling and alternative therapies such as reflexology.

The services, which are provided by the Macmillan Information and Support Service, include general health and wellbeing advice, access to financial support, and to patient support groups, courses and events, such as the Macmillan Help to Overcome Problems Effectively course, within a safe and confidential environment.

Previously, many of these vital programmes took place away from the Trust, which often meant patients and their families travelling considerable distances.The new centre means patients can receive this support locally and on-site at the hospital.

The new cancer support centre
The new cancer support centre

Caroline Shaw CBE, chief executive at QEH, said: “I’m really pleased that we have been able to open this vital new facility at QEH which has enabled us to expand and strengthen access to our Cancer Services. It is important that our patients not only receive the highest standard of clinical care, but that we are able to support them with the psychological and emotional impact that cancer has on everyday life.”

Vicky Mitchell, Macmillan Information and Support Manager at QEH, said: “I am so proud of all my colleagues at QEH who have done their utmost to make this new Centre happen, even with the added pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic. If anything, the health crisis has only served to underline why a cancer support service of this size and scope is needed so urgently. continued. A huge thanks to all the patients who have supported this development and have been involved in the design. If you are a current patient or previous patient with unmet support needs, please contact us, this Centre is for you.”

Peter Tasker, chairman of the QEH Cancer Services User Group, said: “The facilities provided at this new Centre will offer opportunities to address a wide range of ongoing issues be they psychological, emotional, practical and those helping general rehabilitation. The Centre will enhance quality of life and health in a friendly and relaxed setting.”

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