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Revamp for vital cancer centre

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Revamp for vital cancer centre

CANCER patients from the region are benefiting from an upgraded support base at the state-of-the-art Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

The new Macmillan Centre has been refurbished thanks to £50,000 funding from Macmillan Cancer Support.

Service manager Claire Drummond said: “We are absolutely delighted with these first class premises to offer the best support to cancer patients and their families locally. The centre’s philosophy is to ensure that those affected by cancer have access to good quality, comprehensive and appropriate information and support.

“A large proportion of those who access the centre are people who have a cancer diagnosis. Information and support is also available for those who are caring for someone with cancer and for people who just want to know more about the illness.

“The centre is also a resource for health professionals and is regularly used by the cancer clinical nurse specialists based in the oncology department.”

They stock a range of leaflets and booklets on all aspects of living with cancer and can also provide guidance on accessing ‘safe’ and relevant information from the internet, as well as a small library. Claire, who has run the centre for five years, is supported by a team of trained volunteers, many of whom have personal experience of cancer or of caring for a family member with cancer. It is also home to various support groups and complementary therapy sessions.

The centre operates as a ‘drop in’ facility Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Claire added: “As a team, we are keen to promote the facility within the new build and welcome patients, relatives and staff who may benefit from the facilities and service it offers.”

Janice Preston, Macmillan’s head of services in Scotland, said: “A cancer diagnosis brings with it all kinds of questions and uncertainty for patients, their families and friends. “It affects every area of people’s lives and having access to information and emotional support at this stressful time is vital. We know Claire and her team of volunteers have made a huge difference to the lives of people affected by cancer in Dumfries and Galloway and are delighted to help them continue providing this much needed support.”

Claire Drummond
Inside the new look centre

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