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Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre opens at WWL Thomas Linacre Centre

Newsdate: 23 October 2014 

Macmillan Cancer Support LogoThe new Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at The Thomas Linacre Centre is now officially open, marking the completion of the first stage of the £250,000 cancer information and support service.

Delivered in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, the service will transform cancer care in Wigan, making information and support available closer to home Pictured from Left to Right: Janet Irvine (Lead Cancer Nurse WWL) and Ann-Marie Kelly (Macmillan Information and Support Services Manager)for people affected by cancer. It aims to address the high cancer incidence rate in the borough - approximately 1,600 people are diagnosed with cancer every year, higher than the national average.

The service, based on the ground floor of the Thomas Linacre Centre, will be staffed by Macmillan information and support specialists who will offer information, counselling, practical support and signpost patients, carers and loved ones to other services in the area such as support groups.

Further Macmillan sites at the brand new state-of-the-art Cancer Care Centre at the Royal Albert Infirmary and information points at Leigh Infirmary will be opened later in the year to ensure that people affected by cancer can access information wherever they live in the borough.

This service, from Macmillan Cancer Support and WWL, is part of the Cancer Care partnership formed between the two providers, designed to bring together cancer care services for people in the Wigan Borough.

Patient Keith Roberts, 66, who undertook his cancer treatment at WWL, says that the service will make a positive change to cancer services in the area.

He said: “I am delighted to hear that this service is now available. This is wonderful news for the people of Wigan. The extra support will be very beneficial for patients. I travel regularly to Manchester Royal Infirmary for follow up appointments, and it is nice to know that the Macmillan Information and Support Service is easily accessible should I need any further support."

Ann-Marie Kelly, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Manager, says: “The centre offers a warm and relaxing environment where people affected by cancer can come to talk informally about any concerns or needs they might have. The service is already proving to be a success. Patients are already reporting that they are thrilled with this much awaited facility and the number of patients and their carers coming through the doors really reflects this.”

The centre will be open Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm. Anyone affected by cancer including patients, carers, family or friends are welcome to drop in for a chat or to pick up some information.

Teresa Karran, Macmillan Development Manager for Wigan, said: “This service will fill a gap in cancer service provision in Wigan and ensure that no one in the borough has to face cancer alone. Whether it’s emotional support, or information about cancer treatment, our specialists will be there to support and guide patients - as well as their carers, family and friends - through any difficulties.”

For more information please contact the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre at the Thomas Linacre Centre on 01942 774620, or alternatively please email ann-marie.kelly@wwl.nhs.uk

Pictured above from Left to Right: Janet Irvine (Lead Cancer Nurse WWL) and Ann-Marie Kelly (Macmillan Information and Support Services Manager)