Local people who have been touched by cancer are invited to attend the launch of the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) Community Cancer Service in Middleton this month.
The event on Friday 28 September at Peterloo Medical Centre, Middleton 9am-12pm will showcase the dedicated support available for people living with and beyond cancer in the Rochdale borough.
Healthcare professionals from the HMR Community Cancer Service team will be there to provide information about their service, along with other related local health and social care professionals and services.
The HMR Community Cancer Service provides bespoke support packages for local people diagnosed with cancer, based on each patient’s individual needs. Initially the service will be available for three months 1st October 2018 – 31st December 2018 in Middleton and Rochdale Central neighbourhoods, before being rolled out to the rest of the borough from January 2019.
A team of healthcare professionals who are specialists in cancer care will deliver the service. They will offer patients a holistic needs assessment to identify their particular concerns, and then support patients’ cancer journey, helping them to manage their long-term health and wellbeing. The team will also work closely with other health and social care professionals and community services to provide appropriate care and emotional support for patients and signpost local cancer support events and sources of information, too.
The service is available from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond and is for people with a cancer diagnosis who are expected to live 12 months or longer. Initially the HMR Community Cancer Service team will hold drop in sessions at Middleton, Alkrington and Rochdale Central libraries, and they will also provide support to patients via home visits, telephone and email. From January 2019, the service will be accessible across the borough.
Dr Carolyn Walker, Macmillan GP & Clinical Lead for Cancer at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Good health and wellbeing is so important for people living with and beyond cancer and the new HMR Community Cancer Service is designed to provide a resource that people can access for the personalised care, support and information they need to enjoy the best possible quality of life.
“People who have received a cancer diagnosis, their friends and family are welcome to attend our launch event to find out more about the service. It coincides with our coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care, so people can drop in for a coffee, cake and a chat with the team.”
The HMR Community Cancer Service is a partnership between the Bury and Rochdale Care Organisation, which is part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group and Macmillan Cancer Support.