Construction on the new Macmillan Cancer Support Centre at Lincoln County Hospital got underway yesterday (Monday 9 September 2019).
The new centre will provide more space and bring together a range of services in one location for patients and their families.
This will include specially trained staff and volunteers to offer emotional and practical support, cancer information resources, welfare benefits advice, a quiet room for privacy and a group activity room for local support groups and complementary therapies.
Macmillan has spent over £250,000 to fund the new centre that will complement the existing Macmillan Information and Support Service in Grantham and Boston. Outreach support will continue to be offered from a range of other venues across Lincolnshire to ensure as many people as possible have access to cancer information and support.
Fran Sharp, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service Lead at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) said: “We are thrilled that construction is now underway. We’re very excited to be able to offer patients and their loves ones a welcoming, comfortable and relaxed environment instead of the small, temporary location we currently have.
“Patients will no longer have to sit and wait in a corridor, we’ll have nice new chairs where they can wait and be supported by one of our trained volunteers. Also, we can now extend our range of services to offer people with cancer things like wig fitting and welfare benefits advice.”