Plans to expand Yeovil hospital's Cancer Information Service after successful year
By abbie_yeovil | Thursday, February 21, 2013, 12:29
Yeovil District Hospital is celebrating the first birthday of its Cancer Information Centre with big plans of expansion.
The centre, run by a team of Macmillan volunteers, offers practical information and advice to cancer sufferers and their families.
And now plans are underway to expand the service.
A spokesman for Yeovil District Hospital said: "The centre provides an environment where people affected by a cancer diagnosis can access information and support.
"When living with cancer, the difference between a good day and a bad day can often come down to really small things.
"Getting answers on something worrying or just having a chat with someone who understands can make a real difference.
"With the use of mobile information stands, plans are underway to expand the service by reaching patients and visitors in other parts of the hospital."
South Somerset Citizens Advice Bureau now has a dedicated advisor in the Macmillan Unit on Thursday afternoons. Advice can be given on how to claim benefits to which people are entitled, like travel costs and child care.
Macmillan Information Centre Manager, Lesley Burgess said: "We are delighted to be working with the Citizens Advice Bureau, which we hope will make a real difference to our patients and their families".
The centre is run by a trained team of volunteers. If you are interested in joining the volunteer team Lesley can be contacted by calling 01935 383002 or e-mailing Lesley.Burgess@ydh.nhs.uk.