A six-year old boy, who has had to learn to walk again after his
leg was amputated because of a cancerous bone tumour, has
officially opened the new Macmillan Cancer Information and Support
Centre in Bishop Auckland Hospital.
Joshua Mann from Spennymoor and his parents Caroline and Jason
will be guests of honour at the event.
Macmillan Director, Maureen Rutter says: "We're delighted to
have worked in partnership with the Trust to open this Centre,
which alongside the Information Centres in Durham, Darlington,
Shotley Bridge and Chester-le Street, will provide first class,
caring information for the many people in the area who are living
with cancer. One of Macmillan's long-standing corporate
partners, Nationwide has helped to fund the Bishop Auckland Centre
and we are really grateful for their involvement."
The new centre, is open to anyone affected by cancer, including
family and carers. It has a wide range of materials on
different cancers, treatments and related subjects such caring for
someone with cancer, talking to children and coping with emotional
and practical problems. A specialist benefits advice officer
visits the Centre once a week to help with financial problems
caused by a cancer diagnosis. There is also a professionally- run
'bra clinic' for women who have had a mastectomy and
'Headwear' - to help people who have lost their hair
find bandanas and scarves to suit them - and
acupuncture sessions will soon be available.
Laura Robson, Director of Nursing at County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: "Being diagnosed with cancer
is a difficult experience and we know that getting information
which is up to date and easy to understand is of enormous benefit -
helping patients and their families to adjust to living with
cancer. The Trust is committed to working in partnership with
Macmillan to ensure that our patients have access to as much
information and support as they need."
Macmillan Information Centre Manager, Bernadette Measures,
says: "We hope that local people affected by cancer will come
along to the Centre for a chat to see what's on offer and to see
how we may be able to help. Everything is free of charge and
you don't need an appointment. We're easy to find in
the Outpatients Department and we're normally open from 10am to 4pm
from Monday to Friday."
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital