Advice for cancer patients as Macmillan Outreach service opens at Spire Southampton

Macmillan Cancer Support and Spire Southampton Hospital are offering a new service supporting local people who are living with cancer.

Outreach is provided by Hampshire Macmillan Citizens Advice Service and takes place at Spire Southampton during the first Tuesday of every month. It is available to anyone – not just those being treated by the hospital’s specialists – and provides help to access financial support, respite for carers and a range of further practical advice.

“Being diagnosed with cancer is an emotional and often debilitating experience – and money and employment worries are just some of the concerns for patients and their families, friends and carers,” said Sue Alford, service manager at Hampshire Macmillan Citizens Advice Service.

“Our new Outreach service is the first of its kind in a private hospital for this area. But it is accessible for anyone seeking advice about dealing with the financial effects of cancer. We can provide support and information on a range of associated issues, such as accessing benefits, employment questions and planning ahead.”

Spire Southampton has a highly skilled team of surgeons, oncologists and specialist support staff who work together to deliver seamless private treatment and care for a range of cancers.

“We are delighted to be working with Macmillan to offer such an important advice service, available to all cancer patients,” said Jane Whitney-Smith, Spire Southampton hospital director.

“And our support for Macmillan doesn’t end here. As a hospital, we have specific fundraising efforts planned in that will hopefully raise as much as possible for this vital charity.”

Anyone wishing to speak with a Macmillan Outreach service advisor or make an appointment for the monthly service can call 0844 847 7727 seven days a week.

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