A new form of vital help at Trust cancer centres

Trust chairman Paul Garvin (pictured, centre) unveiling a plaque to the family of the former director of nursing, patient safety and quality Cath Siddle who passed away recently.
Trust chairman Paul Garvin (pictured, centre) unveiling a plaque to the family of the former director of nursing, patient safety and quality Cath Siddle who passed away recently.
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Cancer Information Centres have been launched at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

The main centre is at the University Hospital of North Tees (between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday) with a satellite at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, every Wednesday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

They are staffed by two cancer information specialists funded by the charity Macmillan Cancer Support, and offer booklets, leaflets and other information.

Visitors can also access welfare benefits and financial advice. No appointment is necessary and all are welcome.

An opening ceremony at North Tees saw a plaque unveiled in memory of Cath Siddle, a former director of nursing, patient safety and quality at the Trust, who died earlier this year.

Lead cancer nurse Jan Harley said the Trust was grateful to charities including Support Your Bowel, MUSICvCANCER and The M legacy as well as to Cleveland Fire Brigade for providing funding.

Karen Stenlund, Macmillan Development Manager, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support is delighted to be funding two staff, who provide expert help and support to anyone affected by cancer.”

The team will be joined by trained volunteers soon.

To become a volunteer, contact the service on (01642) 383041, or email cancerinformationcentre@nth.nhs.uk