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New Bexley cancer centre helps more than 2,000 patients in first year

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 June 2018

The service has celebrated its first birthday. Picture: Dimbleby Cancer Care

The service has celebrated its first birthday. Picture: Dimbleby Cancer Care

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A Bexley-based service supporting thousands of people affected by cancer across south London and north Kent celebrated its first birthday last month.

The service supports thousands of people affected by cancer across south London and north Kent. Picture: Dimbleby Cancer CareThe service supports thousands of people affected by cancer across south London and north Kent. Picture: Dimbleby Cancer Care

Since opening its doors in May 2017, the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre, based at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, has welcomed more than 2,200 people through its doors.

The £200,000 state-of-the-art centre is thanks to a pioneering partnership between two leading UK cancer charities: Macmillan Cancer Support and Dimbleby Cancer Care.

Based within Guy’s Cancer Centre, the team of specialist nurses and trained volunteers provide expert clinical advice and information on all aspects of cancer – from treatment options to financial concerns, as well as the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis.

The centre is open to patients, family, carers and members of the public alike - either in person or by phone.

The service also provides a range of courses and classes including complementary therapies, stress management, counselling, sleep workshops, meditation sessions and support groups.

Paula Doig, a nurse specialist in cancer information, said: “The Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre is a vital resource for local people affected by cancer and is well-used by patients, their carers and anybody with questions about cancer.

“We have helped thousands of local people over the last year, exceeding all our expectations, and we couldn’t offer the level of service we do without the support of our fantastic group of volunteers.”

A service user added: “Dimbleby and Macmillan have created an excellent facility and service for patients who have critical challenges.

“The volunteers are very positive and helpful and have created a really warm atmosphere. Well done everyone!”

Ed Tallis, Macmillan head of services for London, said: “The incredibly positive feedback we’ve received since its opening shows that the service is already a much-valued resource in the local area.

“We’re proud that the centre has helped so many people in its first year and congratulate the team on making such a difference to the lives of so many.

“Life with cancer is still life and it is services such these that let people live.”

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