The pod, which provides support, information and advice, has been funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity which helps people affected by cancer through their journeys. While the facility has an open area with information available to collect and a private consultation room for those more personal conversations.
The centre provides a friendly, private environment for patients, carers and family members affected by cancer, to access appropriate information and support, from managing symptoms to advice on benefits and financial support, the pod can provide expert help and has a wide-range of Macmillan booklets to take away.
Stacey Nutt, Lead Cancer Nurse at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “Having a diagnosis of cancer is life changing and comes with worry, anxiety and uncertainty. It is important that we don’t just think about providing excellent care and treatment but also provide excellent support to our patients and their carers throughout every step of their cancer journey.
“The Macmillan cancer information and support service is a fantastic addition to the cancer services we already provide at DBTH. By working with the Macmillan Living Well Team from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), it will mean that patients and carers not only will have access to great care but also great support in the community. This facility will provide a pleasant and comfortable environment to go and seek support from someone about things that, without someone to talk to, can seem daunting.”
The pod will be staffed by trained Macmillan volunteers on weekdays between 8.30am and 4.30pm
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