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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Macmillan Cancer support during lockdown

A cancer support centre is continuing to help people living with cancer across Wirral during the latest lockdown by providing vital telephone and virtual support.

Macmillan’s Information and Support Service at Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH)  based at Arrowe Park hospital is predominantly offering services remotely to patients and families.

However, the team is continuing to support local healthcare staff, self-isolating cancer patients and their relatives by working remotely and speaking to people on the phone and via email and online platforms.

Anne Torkington, Macmillan Centre Manager, said: “Despite going back into lockdown, the Macmillan Information and Support Service team are still on hand to support people living with cancer, their families and healthcare staff at this incredibly difficult time either over the phone, email or Attend Anywhere.

“We are doing everything we can to adapt our services so we can continue to provide essential support to people living with cancer across Wirral during the coronavirus crisis.

“We know people rely on our support now more than ever and we are urging anyone with any worries or concerns about cancer, if they require psychological support or need to speak to their clinical teams, or are lonely and just want a chat – to please contact us, we are still here for you.”

Services available over the phone from the Macmillan Information and Support Centre include:

  • Emotional and physical support
  • Signposting to benefits and financial advice and support services
  • Help with practical concerns and local information
  • Responding to questions – via email or phone – if further information about a cancer diagnosis or treatment is required.

Anyone affected by cancer in Wirral can contact the centre on Tel  0151 552 1860 or email  wih-tr.macmillansupport@nhs.net

Macmillan’s national support line is 0808 808 00 00 and is available, seven days a week (8am – 8pm). The latest guidance and advice on the impact of coronavirus on cancer care, is also available at www.macmillan.org.uk/coronavirus