A new service is visiting Barnsley to provide information and support to anyone affected by cancer in the town.

Macmillan Cancer Support, in partnership with Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is to host an information and support pod in the main entrance of the hospital for a week from Monday 12 March to Friday 16 March.

Georgia Thompson, is the Macmillan Trust Lead Cancer Nurse at Barnsley Hospital and welcomes the collaboration with the charity:

“ We know there are so many issues that cause stress when you hear that diagnosis of cancer; but having the right information and support can help to make this easier.

“The Macmillan Information and Support Pod will provide vital and practical cancer information and emotional support to people visiting the hospital.

“Macmillan Information Specialists can advise on the impact of cancer on people’s wellbeing, family life, finances and mental health, to name a few.

“The information pod, funded by Macmillan, will be a welcome addition to the cancer care we offer at the hospital.

“Although the information pod is only with us on a temporary basis the visit will help us to better understand the local need for cancer care and support.”

Wayne Priestly, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Specialist, said:

“Our Macmillan team will be on hand Monday to Friday to lend a listening ear and provide vital information and support.

“There’s loads of fantastic support services and groups in the town, as well as financial support from Macmillan.

“It’s just about knowing where to go to get the right help for you during what can be an extremely distressing and emotional time.”

The Macmillan pod will be located on the ground floor near the Coffee Shop in Barnsley Hospital between 09:00-17:00 from Monday 12 to Friday 16 March.

If you need support or just want someone to talk to about cancer call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk.

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