Macmillan Cancer Support is working with the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) on plans to further enhance information and support for people affected by cancer at Altnagelvin’s new cross-border radiotherapy unit in Derry.
The leading cancer charity is discussing plans with the Trust to set up an open area with information stands in the main entrance to the unit, together with a quiet room for anyone wanting confidential one-to-one advice about cancer from trained staff and volunteers.
Heather Monteverde, General Manager of Macmillan in Northern Ireland says the initiative will help people to make informed choices.
There are also hopes that the initiative can be expanded.
Ms Monteverde said: “This is a very exciting partnership and project because we’ll be working with organisations on both sides of the border to ensure that people coming from north and south get all the information they need at the new and long-awaited radiotherapy unit.
“This will enable patients, families and carers to make informed choices and get access to essential services and support throughout their cancer journey.”
The plans don’t stop there.
Macmillan NI and the Western Trust are investigating the potential to provide a larger development: a purpose-built information and support centre within a health and wellbeing campus on the Altnagelvin site for people affected by cancer and other long term conditions.
The information centre will be designed with input from patients.