Southampton Macmillan Centre celebrating 10 years
Southampton General Hospital is one of only 12 oncology centres in the UK, serving a population of around 1.7 million people.
The hospital is developing as a global centre of excellence and is treating more and more patients from outside the Wessex area. With this increase, sees a need for support and information.
The Macmillan Southampton Cancer Information and Support Centre provides a safe and welcoming environment for anyone affected by cancer. It gives people with cancer, their families, friends and carers access to support, an opportunity to talk, accurate and comprehensive information, as well as signposting to other sources of information and support, and help with practical matters. The Centre provides a focus for support groups, End of Treatment – “What Next” Programmes, ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ sessions as well as complementary therapies, financial advice, benefit advice, counselling and a wig service.
Jo Reeves, Macmillan Centre manager, says: “We see thousands of people who visit the centre each year and have been affected by cancer. Just to step over the threshold can be a challenge but you will always receive a warm welcome and any assistance we are able to give.
People that have visited us and accessed our services comment how grateful they are to have a calm, peaceful environment they can come to within such a busy hospital. They also appreciate the opportunity to access complementary therapies, relaxation classes, counselling, financial / benefits advice, support and information.
The centre could not function without our dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters who have contributed to our success and helped over 100,000 visitors who have come through our doors in the last 10 years.”
Suzie Simmons, fundraising manager, comments; “Southampton Hospital Charity are very proud of our partnership with the Macmillan Centre in Southampton General Hospital. We often get donations come into our charity from our patients to be spent specifically in the Southampton Macmillan Centre.
We have seen it grow from strength to strength over the years, and I cannot believe they have hit the 10 year milestone already!
The Centre have helped so many people living with cancer, or supporting those who do, and we wish them every luck for the future.”