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Case statement
South & Central Manchester Macmillan Appeal

Help us to improve cancer care in South & Central Manchester

In Greater Manchester more than 13,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Macmillan Cancer Relief would like to be able to offer help and support to everyone who needs it from diagnosis throughout their illness. However, at the moment we cannot meet the increased demand for our services. We have therefore launched the South & Central Manchester Macmillan Appeal to raise funds to extend and enhance local cancer care in the area. The positions we are fundraising for are:

  • a nurse specialist based at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital will help and support children with cancer and their families both in hospital and at home and try to help them live as normal a life as possible during their treatment
  • a lead cancer nurse based at South Manchester University Hospital will be a leading figure in cancer nursing: providing an example in order to increase the level of nursing input to multidisciplinary teams and other forums for discussion, such as the Cancer Services Working Group within the Trust. The postholder will focus on radically improving the current cancer services experienced by patients and staff
  • an upper gastrointestinal clinical nurse specialist based at South Manchester University Hospital Trust because no Upper GI CNS was previously established within the Trust. The trust recognises that there is a service gap in respect to Upper G.I. cancer care
  • a colorectal clinical nurse specialist based at Stepping Hill Hospital. The Trust serves a population of approximately 360,000. The level of patient activity is increasing each year, placing greater demands on the service which in turn threatens the equity and quality of service provided to patients. Difficulties experienced by current post holder include: responding to increasing numbers of new referrals, in part as a result of the appointment of 2 additional consultants and implementation of national initiatives; meeting the increasing demands placed on the Nurse led follow up clinic which is now oversubscribed. The establishment of this post would enable the resolution of these problems as well as increasing support available to colorectal surveillance patients considered to be potentially high risk
  • information and Support Centre based at the Manchester Royal Infirmary has been equipped with books, leaflets, videos and other types of information about cancer and has been staffed by information specialists and volunteers who guide the visitors to the information they need. Macmillan recognises that many people cope better with cancer if they can be helped to find all the information they want, to allow them to make informed choices about their treatment and care. The centre is open but we are still fundraising for it
  • an ethic minority outreach and liaison worker based at Macmillan Central Manchester Information and Support Centre. Manchester's population is ethnically diverse, with areas of high social deprivation. Timely access to cancer services by these groups is acknowledged as poor, affecting both survival and experience of cancer. This is likely to be linked to knowledge of cancer as well as the ability of the service to meet the needs of different cultures. Provision of information to such groups is problematic and its solution is not simply the translation of written information. The post of Outreach and Liaison worker is to help to ensure the development of an information service, which is able to meet the needs of the local population
  • Patient grants - people with cancer sometimes find they have extra costs to meet because of their illness. If they on a low income, or have had to give up work during treatment this can create financial problems. To ease these pressures Macmillan awards one-off grants for a wide variety of practical needs. Every year Macmillan Cancer Relief gives out over £145,000 of patient grants in Greater Manchester. The application process is simple and most people receive their cheques within three days

Macmillan Cancer Relief in South & Central Manchester
Macmillan is totally committed to supporting patients, and their families, living with cancer in South & Central Manchester. This appeal will enable us to support more people living with cancer and their families. You can make the difference…

At 28, Scott from South Manchester was diagnosed with testicular cancer and only a few months later was given more news that a tumour had been discovered behind the wall of his stomach. "It was a real blow to receive such bad news, especially at such a young age, but we got there. I couldn't have done without my Macmillan nurses, Beverley and Sheila. At every crucial point - whether it was going in for treatment or receiving test results - they always seemed to be there." - Scott Robinson, Cancer patient.

If you can help do any of the following today…

Call Jill Rowe, Fundraising Manager on 0161 905 1133

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Write to Jill at:
Macmillan Cancer Relief
5th Floor, Acre House, Town Square, Sale, M33 7WZ




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