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New outreach cancer information and support service at Horden Community Centre

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support service is now running information and support outreach sessions at Horden Community Centre on the first Tuesday morning of the month between 11.30 and 1.30pm.

The sessions aim to extend the existing Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service to reach more people across the Easington area; anyone can call in to speak to the team. The service is confidential; you don't need to be referred and you don't need to be attending the hospital to make use of us.

The Cancer Information and Support Service is available to all people affected or worried by cancer, and offers advice and information on coping and living with cancer, prevention and screening. We offer emotional support and a listening ear.

The service, which is run by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust staff, already offers support, advice and information at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe and also in the Cancer Information Centre at Peterlee and at other outreach venues in Sedgefield, Haswell and Seaham. Staff and experienced, trained volunteers are on hand to listen to your questions and help you find and understand the information you need. Referrals can also be made to our Durham County Council Macmillan welfare rights advisor via the outreach service.

Andrea Elsbury, health development specialist for the service, said: "This is an exciting development. We have been developing our support to people in the Easington area for a number of years, and are always keen to reach out to other local communities.

"We are delighted to be able to build a partnership with the staff and service users at Horden Community Centre to enable this to happen. It is recognised that good quality, supported information can make a huge difference to people who have or have had cancer, and their families. I would encourage anyone to come along and see us to find out what help is on offer for them."

For more information about this service and our other venues call free phone 0800 783 4056.

'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham