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.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community