A new NHS service has been launched to provide information and support for everyone living with and beyond cancer in the Farnham, North East Hampshire and Surrey Heath areas.
People who have completed their active cancer treatment will have a single point of access for information, courtesy of Macmillan Community Cancer Navigators Fred Fisher and Tamsin Millray.
The service – a partnership between Virgin Care, Macmillan Cancer Support and the North East Hampshire & Farnham and Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group – will also support family members or carers.
The cancer navigators will provide general information, advice and guidance about cancer and cancer services within the health, social care and voluntary systems so people can make informed choices about their cancer and their life. They will also organise community- based events to promote health and wellbeing.
Fred and Tamsin will be based at Farnham Hospital and Centre and can be contacted by phone or email. Fred was previously a therapy assistant in Farnham hospital and Tamsin worked in the customer services department.
Tamsin said: “Cancer can really turn people’s lives upside down and as people come to the end of their treatment they may not know how to get access to the support they need. As Macmillan Community Navigators, we aim to be a single point of contact for people. We’ll take the time to talk through their needs and help them find the care and support that’s right for them – whether that’s through local services, support groups or simply help with finding their way through health and care services.”
The Macmillan Community Cancer Navigators can be contacted on 01483 782056 (from 08.30 to 16.30) and via firstname.lastname@example.org .
This NHS service, established with funding from Macmillan Cancer Support, will be available to all patients registered with a GP practice within the North East Hampshire and Farnham and Surrey Heath area. It is part of the Clinical Commissioning Group’s commitment to the NHS Long-term Plan cancer priorities, and the ambition to deliver personalised care to everyone living with cancer.
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