Guidance on life-limiting illnesses

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Two new support services have been launched in the county for people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

They are being offered by the Northumberland Macmillan Support Service, which is provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust with funding from Macmillan Cancer Support.

A new programme of health and well-being group sessions provides information and social support for patients, families and carers affected by life-limiting illnesses living in Northumberland.

All sessions are free and cover a different topic each week including diet and nutrition, managing stress and crafts like card-making and knitting.

Also available is the county’s first Macmillan drop-in service, which provides information and emotional support on a range of subjects such as cancer and any treatments and side effects, lifestyle and nutrition and benefits information as well as details of local support groups and events.

Both are building on the success of the drop-ins and health and well-being sessions already being run in North Tyneside. They are being held at Nursery Park Health Centre in Ashington (Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 1pm).

One of the North Tyneside service users, Margaret Broad, said: “When I first started coming to the sessions, I found it was very useful to speak to like-minded people who were in the same boat, irrespective of what was wrong with them.

For more information or to book a place, call the Northumberland Macmillan Support Service on 01670 855533.