Macmillan Move More is a service that has been designed to specifically assist people that have or have had cancer through exercise and education. Physical activity has been shown to improve fatigue, mobility, self-confidence and reduces stress as well as decreasing use of Health Services by improving self-management.
Patients are offered an individual assessment to discuss their current physical activity and the range of services on offer. There are cancer specific exercise classes to target individual rehabilitation needs. This includes both aerobic and resistance/strength training exercises as well as balance, endurance and flexibility. Patients may choose between group-based workouts or one-to-one activities with our Macmillan specialist instructors.
In addition to this, there is an educational component that family/carers may attend along with the patient. This aims to improve the understanding of the condition and treatments available.
The service is led by a specialist physiotherapist; and the team includes physiotherapists, assistant practitioners and exercise instructors.
Assessments usually take place at Ormskirk hospital. Classes are usually held in the physiotherapy department in Ormskirk on a Monday and Friday afternoon. Sessions are split into two groups that run from 1pm to 2.30pm and 3pm to 4.30pm. There is the option to exercise in a venue closer to home or to exercise at home.
Referrals can be made by consultants, GP’s (via e-referral) or any Health Care Professional.
Patients can also self-refer and a letter will be sent to their GP.
Melanie Reardon Macmillan Physical Activity Manager Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
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