Macmillan to host virtual Health and Wellbeing Event

Macmillan Cancer Centres in the North West are joining forces to host a month-long virtual Health and Wellbeing Event this September, providing ‘bigger and better’ support for anyone who has been affected by cancer across Cheshire, Merseyside and West Lancashire.
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Macmillan Cancer Centres in the North West are joining forces to host a month-long virtual Health and Wellbeing Event this September, providing ‘bigger and better’ support for anyone who has been affected by cancer across Cheshire, Merseyside and West Lancashire.

The Health and Wellbeing Event will be held online and will help prepare people affected by cancer for the transition through their cancer journey, as well as provide support and information for their carers, family and friends. It will bring together a range of service providers from the NHS, social, community and voluntary organisations across Cheshire, Merseyside and West Lancashire, to deliver sessions online each day throughout the month.

The online sessions will include information on topics such as chemotherapy, clinical trials and how to manage conditions like lymphoedema, sessions about exercise, fatigue, relaxation, hair (including wigs), skin care, emotional support, benefits and financial support, and more. The Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals and the Halton and Warrington Macmillan Centre are working collaboratively to ensure those living with and beyond cancer have access to the support and information they need at this uncertain time. This year we are following up on the success of last year Health & Well-being event by hosting a month-long series of Microsoft Teams sessions covering a wide range of topics promoting self-awareness, healthy lifestyle choices and supportive workshops. The event will take place over the whole month of September 2021.

Each session will be an hour long and available for all patients, carers and professionals interested to access. Some will be delivered by clinical nurse specialists from the local hospitals, and others will be led by local support services such as Lymphoedema, benefit advice service the local community, voluntary and faith sector, and clinical psychology. Practical advice will also be on the agenda, including exercise, fatigue, skincare and emotional support.

Karen Mason, cancer transformation nurse manager at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals said: “These events are so important, providing health and wellbeing information and advice, and signposting local resources and services. “We are delighted that the 2021 event is going to be a collaborative event across Cheshire, Merseyside and West Lancashire, which means we are able to deliver more sessions and open the event up to people affected by cancer, their family, carers and friends from anywhere in those areas.”

Bev Collins, cancer nurse specialist at the Halton Macmillan Cancer Centre said: “Despite lockdown restrictions being lifted we are aware that there are many people that will continue to be very cautious going forward and the health and safety of our residents is always a priority at our events. “After the success and popularity of last year’s online event, we are bringing the Health and Wellbeing Event back in a virtual format, to enable more people to attend in a safe way. We have resumed our face-to-face service at our centres for those who need this support, with pre-bookable appointments and new infection control measures in place to ensure visitors and staff are protected from COVID-19.”

For a full timetable of the health and wellbeing event sessions and further information, visit: https://bit.ly/3zdWgjn

To find out more about support available from Halton and Warrington Macmillan Centre please contact us on 01928 753502 or email us on: whh.macmillandelamerecancercentre@nhs.net