At a recent event held at The Globe Arena, Christie Way, Westgate Morecambe a number of people who use local services came together to share their experience and how they are dealing with living with and beyond cancer.
Morecambe Bay Cancer Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support are working together to address the challenges faced by people who use local services. The project, Macmillan in Morecambe Bay (LWBCMB), aims to improve services in ways which will help support people to become more independent beyond their treatment; a time when patients, families and carers can often feel ‘cast adrift’ and ‘lost’ after their cancer.
Jacqui Thompson, Senior Manager for Planning and Partnerships, NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “It is important that patients feel able to leave behind, as far as possible, the hospital environment and are supported outside to help them pick up their lives again as a person rather than a cancer patient. We need to hear from people who have experienced our local services so that we can tailor these services to meet their needs”
If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, faced cancer within the last five years or are supporting someone with cancer, we would like to hear from you at our next event in Kendal.
Open Space events, shaped by people affected by cancer for people affected by cancer, are taking place in Barrow-in-Furness, Morecambe and Kendal. The last of these three events is due to take place on;
Monday 24th April 2017. 16:15 – 20:30, Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Lane, Kendal LA9 6RG
The events have provided a relaxed atmosphere to encourage conversations between people about what matters to them living with and beyond cancer.
Louisa Balderson, who is coordinating the Open Space events, said: “Those who are currently living with, or have been in recovery from, cancer in the last five years are the people we are most keen to hear from. The stories, ideas and experiences shared by people affected by cancer, will help to identify the themes and issues that are most relevant and important to them. Patients, families and carers will help to shape cancer services in Morecambe Bay.”
Dr. Chrissie Hunt, Macmillan GP from Sedbergh Medical Practice, added “We want to encourage and support people to look after their physical and emotional wellbeing, to be active in their community and to get in touch with professionals when they need health advice.”
Anyone interested in attending the last Open Space event and would like to book a place or want to know how you can get involved in the project, please call Lauren Hall 01524 519369 or email: LWBC@MorecambeBayCCG.nhs.uk. Places are limited so please book early.
Those who cannot make the event but can spare some time to tell us about their experience can complete a short survey using the following link http://tinyurl.com/living-beyond-cancer-survey