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17 August 2016 at 11:55

A fitness programme and activity advice service, which helps people living with and beyond cancer become more active, is looking for new members from West Lancashire.

“Move More” helps people with a diagnosis of cancer to find effective ways to get and stay active, no matter where they are on their cancer journey, including those who have completed treatment.

Launched in Autumn 2015, it is a joint initiative between Macmillan Cancer Support, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

More than 60 people have been through the service. The cancer specific classes take place on Mondays and Fridays 1.15-2.30pm and 2.30-3.45pm at Ormskirk Hospital.

One-to-one sessions also take place throughout the week.

Move More is run by Melanie Reardon, Macmillan physical activity manager, with Tim Horn, Macmillan physical activity physiotherapist and Ann Prescott, Macmillan physical activity assistant practitioner.

Melanie said: “We’ve had a really good response since launching Move More in September 2015. The service is designed to get people active to give them a better quality of life.

“Physical activity has lots of health benefits and also contributes to social and mental wellbeing. We’d love to see even more people at the sessions. 

“We are also able to assess the needs of each individual and can often refer them to other services that could be of benefit.”

Pauline Egan, from Skelmersdale, has been attending the fitness sessions since February. She said: “Move More has been brilliant in increasing my fitness and in giving me more confidence. There is also the social side of things too. It’s great to meet people and we like to catch-up each week.”

If you live in West Lancashire, are affected by cancer, you can find out about “Move More” on 01695 656268 via email soh-tr.odgh-physio@nhs.net or contact your GP.

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Issued by Dickie Felton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 705061
Email  dickie.felton@nhs.net 
Web  www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter @SONHSTrust


Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is operated by the Trust at Southport hospital.  In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases. The Trust employs 3,472 staff.