Support for cancer patients

Cancer patients in Bolton who are self-isolating can continue to receive help from Macmillan Cancer Support.

Macmillan’s Information and Support Centres at the Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton Hospice and Bolton One are temporarily closed to visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the service is continuing to support local people affected by cancer by phone and email.

Sue Summerfield, Macmillan service manager, said: "Despite the incredibly difficult and uncertain situation every one of us has found ourselves in, we knew how important it was to keep going and to be there for the people who depend on our support, now more than ever.

“Though our doors are temporarily closed and many of us are working alone or from home for everyone’s safety, we are very much still here for people affected by cancer across Bolton.

“If you have any worries or concerns about cancer and you are struggling, please contact us. Or if you are lonely and just need to chat, we are here for you.”

Anyone affected by cancer in Bolton can contact 01204 663059 or email boltoncancerinfo@nhs.net Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

Services available by phone include:

  • Emotional and practical support
  • Macmillan benefits advice
  • Assistance with completing benefits applications
  • Help with applying for blue badges (subject to certain criteria being met)
  • Macmillan information sent to your home
  • Responding to questions – via email – if further information about a cancer diagnosis or treatment is required

Ian Ainscough, Macmillan partnership quality lead, added: “In this unprecedented situation the way Sue and the team at the Bolton Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service has adapted to ensure they are still able to support people is simply extraordinary.”

If you need support when the service is closed, comprehensive information, including Macmillan’s latest guidance and advice on the impact of coronavirus on cancer care, is available on the Macmillan website.

The national Macmillan Support Line is also available seven days a week from 9am to 5pm on 0808 808 00 00.

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