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Cancer support service rolled out across Kingston

Cancer support service rolled out across Kingston
04 September 2018

An innovative health and wellbeing service for cancer patients is being extended to all Kingston residents. After an initial limited launch last year, Macmillan Cancer Support and Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are delighted to announce that the Macmillan Social Prescribing Service is now open to everyone in the borough who is living with cancer.

The Macmillan Social Prescribing Service helps improve the quality of life of cancer patients by giving practical, emotional and personal support. It also provides better access to community-based services, such as employment or benefits advice, carer support and counselling, as well as help accessing activities, including gardening groups, yoga and community choirs.

Nadine Lane, the new Macmillan Social Prescribing Link Worker, based at Surbiton Health Centre, helps people affected by cancer on a one-to-one basis. Nadine offers personalised support, exploring the practical needs and personal goals of patients, including getting back to work, becoming more active and socialising.

 

Nadine said of her exciting new role: ‘’I am really looking forward to supporting local people affected by cancer, their families and carers. Whether it’s by phone or in person, we can explore which community-based services and activities are the best fit and help patients get back to living their lives. I aim to help them whatever their needs may be, and wherever they are in their journey”. 

Macmillan and Kingston CCG originally launched the social prescribing service in 2017, in response to the growing recognition that cancer creates significant physical and psychological challenges and can have far-reaching social and economic consequences.

 

Dr Naz Jivani, Chair of Kingston CCG spoke about the help local residents will be able to access: “Often people, following the diagnosis of cancer, have their lives turned upside down. The support that is provided by the Macmillan Social Prescribing can help, in some way, to create some stability and support in their lives and the lives of their carers. Kingston CCG’s partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support is providing the support for patients and carers living with and beyond cancer.

 

Ed Tallis, Macmillan Head of Development for London said: “Every day, over 90 people in London hear the devastating news that they have cancer. This number is set to nearly double by 2030, which will result in thousands more people in the area needing medical, practical and emotional support.  

“For this reason, we’re proud to have extended our scheme to all Kingston residents, so it can help even more people affected by cancer in the area – during and after treatment. Life with cancer is still life and the Macmillan Social Prescribing Service will help people live it.”

 

David Mphanza, Primary Care Development Manager for Kingston & Richmond CCGs added: “This is an exciting new community scheme for Kingston. The story of cancer is changing. More people than ever before are living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Macmillan funding this project means that we can support more people and their families affected by cancer to lead as healthy and active lives as possible.”

 

Cancer patients, family members or carers can access the Macmillan Social Prescribing Service via referral through GP practices, hospitals or other health professionals and by self-referral.

Please call 07795 334 941 or email: kingston.socialprescribing@nhs.net, for further information.

 

Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, 2nd floor, Thames House,
180 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8HU
Tel: 020 39419900
Email: kingstonccg.communications@swlondon.nhs.uk

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