£450,000 boost for cancer centre

Boost: Royal Preston Hospital will get a new cancer information centre

Boost: Royal Preston Hospital will get a new cancer information centre

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A new service for people affected by cancer is being launched after a £435,000 boost.

Royal Preston Hospital will benefit from a new information centre which provides information, support and practical advice for those affected by cancer.

Trained staff and volunteers will also be available at Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital.

Support will be available for coping with cancer, and what happens next.

Macmillan Cancer Care has provided funding of £335,000 for the new service and the Rosemere Cancer Foundation has donated £100,000 to build and equip the new information centre at the Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston.

Rachel Glascott, Macmillan Cancer information and support manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “Whether you’re a patient, family member, friend or carer, we will be here to provide information and support for you at every stage of your cancer journey.

“Visitors will also be able to pick up booklets, leaflets and other sources of information – all free of charge.”

Jeremy Such, Macmillan development manager, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this project which we know will provide a much needed service.

“Research by Macmillan has shown that getting the right information at the right time in a supportive atmosphere can make a real difference to how people cope with cancer.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for the new service is invited to an open day at the cancer centre at Royal Preston Hospital on February 12, any time between 11am and 7pm.

Potential volunteers will be able to find out more about what is involved and register their interest.

Anyone who would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer but can’t make it to the open day can contact Rachel Glascott on 01772 523709 or by email on Rachel.glascott@lthtr.nhs.uk

Sue Thompson, chief officer of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation said: “Being able to access any information they need from a central facility in the heart of the cancer centre will make a huge difference to cancer patients and the families supporting them.

“As a local cancer charity we are very pleased to have been able to play a part in such a vital project.”

Karen Partington, chief executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “As the regional cancer centre, our focus is on providing excellent care with compassion for cancer patients from across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

“This new service will complement the medical care we provide and I am sure it will be an invaluable resource for patients, families and health professionals.”