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New cancer information space unveiled at Basildon Hospital

Macmillan Cancer information space: l-r Ada Emerson - Macmillan Cancer support worker, Katy Low - Macmillan lead cancer nurse and head of nursing for cancer, Paula Burch - Macmillan Cancer support worker.

A new information space for patients with cancer has been created at Basildon Hospital, ahead of World Cancer Day on Thursday 4 February.

The space will help support people with cancer and their families. A newly refurbished quiet room is also available, where patients or relatives can go and talk with trained staff if they have just received a diagnosis or have been coming in for cancer treatment and have any questions.

It’s also a space that will be used for virtual consultations with cancer patients who need help and advice but are shielding, or are alone and need extra support. The new and refurbished areas were only made possible with a grant from Macmillan Cancer.

Paula Burch, Macmillan Cancer support worker, said: “Our team are looking forward to making positive changes to the lives of cancer patients as they face its challenges. Going forward, this space will help us to provide that support and advice to those with cancer, especially those who are separated from loved ones during lockdown.”

The information space opens on Thursday 4 February, World Cancer Day; an internationally recognised day designed to help raise awareness of cancer and encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. 

There will also be some goodie bags for cancer wards, which will include some bubble baths and hand creams from Avon, as well as Macmillan badges, pens and information on local cancer support.