A new app with content developed by staff at a local NHS Trust
aims to support patients during and following cancer
The app, My Wellbeing Space, is a free digital service from NHS
partnership Health Call and technology provider Inhealthcare and
funded by the Northern Cancer Alliance. It will initially benefit
patients receiving care from County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust. The content was developed by the Macmillan
project team in collaboration with clinical teams and involving
patients at all stages of its design and testing.
Clare Doney, Macmillan lead cancer nurse, said: "Being diagnosed
with cancer is a life-changing event affecting patients, families
and friends emotionally as well as physically. We want to provide
holistic support as soon as possible and the app is one way that we
can reach out to more people. It gives our patients tools and
resources to support and empower them to contribute to their
wellbeing and overall health."
The My Wellbeing Space app can benefit patients at any stage of
their treatment by providing advice and links with content
including advice and links to information about: physical activity,
late effects of treatment, food and nutrition, financial concerns,
fatigue, emotional wellbeing and treatments. It also includes
short video clips delivered by a consultant, clinical nurse
specialist, wellbeing practitioners, GP, oncologist, a patient and
carer. Patients will be given access to the app during their
Tina Murray, from Neasham, near Darlington, who completed two
and a half years' of treatment for cancer earlier this year, said,
"Coming towards the end of cancer treatment, I felt fear rather
than elation. My life had been consumed by appointments,
tests, treatments and I feared the loss of that structure.
This is when you can start to realise the enormity of what has
happened, feel isolated and fear the future. This is where the App
comes in. It helps crystallise and identify in your mind the issues
you are facing. It provides all sorts of information and
sources of support available to you to help you through your
emergence from treatment. You can get help dealing with your
emotional mental health, as well as physical issues such as fatigue
and where to get support for financial concerns. The App is very
simple to use and because the support information is tailored to
your local area, very relevant."
Bryn Sage, chief executive at technology provider Inhealthcare,
said: "This is a great example of how health technology can support
people living with long-term conditions, especially during the
"As well as providing reassurance to patients, My Wellbeing
Space also promotes a healthy lifestyle which can help the body to
recover after cancer treatment ."
Health Call plans to share the app more widely through Trusts
across the North East and North Cumbria.
Published 16th July 2020
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital