A new drop-in Support Centre has launched at Bolton One, providing support for anyone affected by cancer.
The support service run by Macmillan Cancer Support offers a range of information about all aspects of cancer, provided by trained staff and volunteers. Additional services on offer include access to a Macmillan benefits adviser, skin and make-up master classes and educational programmes, as well as signposting to other support services.
The service is located in a prominent and accessible location near Bolton One’s pharmacy and is open from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 4.30pm.
Bolton’s Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service Manager, Sue Summerfield said: “We’re very excited about the new centre at Bolton One and believe it will make a real difference to local people affected by cancer.
"Everyone’s experience of cancer is unique, but being given the right information at the right time and being able to access a range of support services or just knowing what to do to help you feel better can make such a difference. This is what the service aims to do.”
Partnership working has been a key part of the project. Macmillan Cancer Support has been working in partnership with Bolton Hospice, Bolton People Affected by Cancer and Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group to develop the service, with support from Community Health Partnerships as head tenant.
Macmillan Cancer Support are taking over previously under-utilised space within the centre, resulting in more effective use of space.
Ann-Marie Grant, CHP Programme Manager for Developments, commented: “As head tenant, CHP is committed to ensuring the space within our buildings is utilised effectively. It is also great to see such a fantastic service for local people being provided from one of our buildings”
Bolton One opened in 2012 in Bolton town centre. The centre provides a range of health services, including diagnostics, children’s outpatients and physiotherapy, co-located with sports facilities, including a swimming pool and gym, as well as University of Bolton facilities.
It is great to see such a fantastic service for local people being provided from one of our buildingsAnn-Marie Grant, CHP Programme Manager for Developments
The service at Bolton One is one of three Macmillan Support Centres launching in the town. Giles House at Bolton Hospice also provides a support centre, with another opening soon at Royal Bolton Hospital.
For more information about the new cancer support services, please visit: www.boltonmacmillansupport.org.uk