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05 November 2015 at 08:21

The NHS is joining forces with Macmillan Cancer Information at a free health and well-being clinic in Southport on Thursday 12th November.

The event at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre is an opportunity to find out how to access local support, information and advice to help patients and their families adjust to life with and beyond cancer. It will run from 1pm to 3.30pm.

Jackie Brunton, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lead cancer nurse, said: “We’re delighted to join forces again with Macmillan, building on the success of previous health and well-being clinics. We would also be delighted to welcome friends and family to come along as we understand how a cancer diagnosis affects not just the person with cancer.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to find out what local support, information and advice is available to them, their families, carers and friends to adjust to life with and beyond cancer. Clinical nurse specialists will also be on hand. There will also be:

• Healthy food demonstrations
• Hand massages from Sefton OPERA (Older Persons Enabling Resource and Action)
• A benefits advisor
• Representatives from local cancer support groups
• A performance by the Living Well Centre/Macmillan Singing Group
• Expert-led sessions around fitness, wellbeing and Macmillan’s work

Helen Jones, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager, said: “We understand how patients can often feel they lose the safety net of support they receive while attending the hospital regularly for treatment. These events are designed to help people to return to everyday activities and make the most of the good things in their life. If you have any questions, we are here to help.”

Places are free but limited, booking is essential. For information or to book a place contact Macmillan Information & Support Centre on 0151 288 6793/7 or email Sefton council is offering subsidised parking at 80p per car.

The event is organised by Macmillan Information and Support Centre in partnership with Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group.

Issued by Tony Ellis Marketing and Communications Manager, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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Notes for editors

1. Health and wellbeing clinics are a new approach to follow-up care for cancer patients. There are currently two million people in the UK living with and beyond cancer - a figure expected to grow to four million by 2030. Some people living with cancer have said that they often feel abandoned once their treatment is over (Macmillan Health and Wellbeing survey, 2008) and this was supported by the Patient Reported Outcomes Measures Survey 2011. Traditional hospital follow- up doesn’t always provide the range of information or practical and emotional support that people need.

The health and wellbeing clinic is essentially a cancer information event, which is designed to inform people of local practical and emotional support which is available to them, in order to promote their health and wellbeing. These events are part of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative, helping people to live well, with and beyond cancer. The aim of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative is to ensure that those living with and beyond cancer get the care and support they need to lead as healthy and active a life as possible, for as long as possible. Our events provide information on healthy living, physical exercise, emotional wellbeing/courses and other support available for people affected by cancer.

2. 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 and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is managed 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.