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Active Cheshire               

'Move more everybody' is an exercise programme developed to help people affected by cancer.              

Telephone: 01625 383943 or 07976 837497           

Email: EBHealthy@everybody.org.uk 

Website: www.everybody.org.uk

Please note that the 'Move More' programme is referral through a health care professional.

 

Acute Oncology                               

Acute Oncology refers to the management of the unexpected care needs of the patient with cancer, including emergency situations and the acutely unwell patient .The Acute Oncology service at Mid Cheshire Hospitals operates Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. 01270 273606

 

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Benefits & Finances      

Contact Tracey Aston, Macmillan Benefits Adviser. You can see Tracey between 9.30am – 11.30am, Tuesday and Wednesday and her colleague Mandy on a Friday all by appointment in the  Macmillan Unit, Leighton Hospital.           

Telephone: 01270 303006            

Email: tracey@cecab.org.uk       

Website: www.cecab.org.uk

 

Bereaved Carers Support Service

Part of the British Red Cross. Providing practical and emotional support during difficult times.

Telephone: 01565 682311

 

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Cancer Research UK      

A charitable organisation of scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner. Also provides cancer information to the public.  

Telephone: 0808 800 4040         

Website: www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/oesophageal-cancer/

 

Care and Repair               

A service provided by Cheshire East Council. Advice about home repairs and adapting your home to suit your needs.     

Telephone: 0300 123 5017

Email: careandrepair@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Website: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/careandrepair

 

Carers Trust       

Working to improve support, services and recognition for those caring (unpaid) for a loved one.

Telephone: 0844 800 4361               

 Email: info@carers.org      

Website: www.carers.org

 

Carers Support Group Meeting at the Hospice 

A number of support groups are offered for patients, carers and families. Please phone the hospice for further details.  

Telephone: 01606 551246   Email:enquiries@stlukes-hospice.co.uk Website: www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk/

 

Chaplaincy Service         

Religious and spiritual care. The Chaplaincy team can be contacted by a member of staff on ext. 2721, Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.


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Dietary advice  

Dietician for Upper GI cancer patients.  

Telephone: 01270 612213 Email: vicky.woodall@mcht.nhs.uk   or  lesley.prestwich@mcht.nhs.uk   

 

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Employment rights 
   
   

Contact Tracey Aston, Macmillan Benefits Adviser. You can see Tracey between 9.30am–11.30am, Tuesday and Wednesday and her colleague Mandy on a Friday all by appointment in the  Macmillan Unit, Leighton Hospital.

Telephone: 01270 303006            

Email: tracey@cecab.org.uk       

Website: www.cecab.org.uk

 

End of life care

There are many options to help support patients, families and carers at this sad and difficult time. The NICE web link has details and other links that may be useful. You can also speak to Vicky Woodall or Lesley Prestwich, CNS.    

 Telephone: 01270 273803            

Email: vicky.woodall@mcht.nhs.uk or  lesley.prestwich@mcht.nhs.uk

Website: www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qs13

 

End of treatment            

Everyone’s experience of cancer is different, therefore your feelings towards the end of your treatment will differ too. You may not know what to do next. You can talk to one of our CNSs or visit the Macmillan web site for further info on who you can speak to.    

Telephone: 01270 27 3803

Email: vicky.woodall@mcht.nhs.uk or lesley.prestwich@mcht.nhs.uk

Website: www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/coping/your-emotions/dealing-with-your-emotions/your-feelings-after-cancer-treatment.html

 

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Fatigue Clinical Nurse Specialists    

Fatigue or tiredness is a common problem for people who have cancer. You can talk about any symptoms you have with a specialist nurse. There is some information about fatigue on the Macmillan website.     

Telephone: 01270 273803

Email: vicky.woodall@mcht.nhs.uk or lesley.prestwich@mcht.nhs.uk

Website: www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/coping/side-effects-and-symptoms/tiredness

 

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Guidelines (NICE)          

For more details about NICE guidelines specific to upper GI cancers go to the website listed and search under conditions and diseases

Email: nice@nice.org.uk                        

Website: www.nice.org.uk/guidance

 

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Health and Wellbeing Events    (please note that these events stop in April 2017)

Laurie Harrison - Laurie is an Advanced Clinical Specialist Macmillan Physiotherapist & Macmillan Project Development Manager. Laurie organises regular health and wellbeing events for cancer patients and carers.

Telephone: 01606 544513 
         

Email: laurie.harrison@nhs.net 

 

Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA)

An HNA is a simple questionnaire that is completed by the person affected by cancer. It allows them to highlight the most important issues to them at that time, and this can inform the development of a care and support plan with their nurse or key worker. The questionnaire can be completed on paper, or electronically.

Website: www.macmillan.org.uk/aboutus/healthandsocialcareprofessionals/macmillansprogrammesandservices/recoverypackage/holisticneedsassessment.aspx

 

Home Assistance Hub  

A handyperson service available to all residents of Cheshire West & Chester. This service provides affordable minor repairs and handyman-type jobs at very reasonable cost.           

Telephone: 0300 123 2010           

Website: www.homeassistancehub.co.uk

 

Home From Hospital / Meals On Wheels            

Wiltshire Farm Foods. A 'meals on wheels' service.         

Telephone: 0800 066 3366 or 01606 738 845         

Website: www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com

 

Hope Course

This is an after treatment programme that runs over the course of 6 weeks. Each session is 2.5 hours long.

The next course starts on 26th April 2017.

For more details and to book a place please contact Julie Pieczarka on 01270 273603

 

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Insurance

There are a number of reasons why you may want to discuss insurance. Looking at claiming on a current policy, travel insurance for a trip away etc

Website: www.finance.macmillan.org.uk/insurance/insurance

 

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Kidscope

US-based website that aims to help children and families understand the effects of cancer or chemotherapy on a loved one.      

Website: www.kidscope.org

 

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Leighton Hospital / Macmillan Cancer Support 

Macmillan Upper GI CNS.            

Telephone: 01270 273803

Email: vicky.woodall@mcht.nhs.uk or lesley.prestwich@mcht.nhs.uk

Website: www.mcht.nhs.uk

 

Leighton Hospital / Macmillan Cancer Support 

Contact Julie Pieczarka Macmillan Information and Support Manager.    

Telephone: 01270 273603

Email: MacmillanInfo-Support@mcht.nhs.uk  

Website: www.mcht.nhs.uk

 

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Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan is a charitable organisation made up of people affected by cancer, supporters, professionals, volunteers, and campaigners.    

Telephone: 0808 808 00 00          

Website:macmillan.org.uk

 

Macmillan Therapy Team at Dene Drive               

Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. The team take referrals for anyone over the age of 18 years, with a GP in central Cheshire, who have complex needs due to their cancer diagnosis.

Telephone: 01606 544513

 

Mobile phone / simcard

Free calls / text / data for those affected by Cancer

www.yoursimpal.com

Tel:0800 567 7890

 

 

 

 

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NHS Choices

NHS website with information about diagnosis, symptoms, treatments and living with cancer. There is also an oesophageal cancer forum to post comments / queries.         

Website: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cancer-of-the-oesophagus/Pages/Livingwith.aspx

 

Nurse Specialists            

Vicky and Caroline are the Upper GI Clinical Nurse Specialists for Upper GI cancer. They offer support for MCHFT patients and/or carers who have been diagnosed with or affected by upper GI cancer.

Telephone: 01270 273803

Email: vicky.woodall@mcht.nhs.uk or lesley.prestwich@mcht.nhs.uk

Website: www.mcht.nhs.uk

 

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Oesophageal and Gastric Cancer Patient Support Group

Offers support for MCHFT patients and/or carers who have been diagnosed with or affected by upper GI cancer.              

Telephone: 01270 273803 Email: vicky.woodall@mcht.nhs.uk or lesley.prestwich@mcht.nhs.uk

Website: www.mcht.nhs.uk

 

Oesophageal Patients Association

Members of the Association are all patients who have experienced oesophageal or gastric difficulties

Telephone: 0121 704 9860           

Email:enquiries@opa.org.uk      

Website:www.opa.org.uk

 

Open Space       

A relaxed, informal group aiming to provide space for those living with loss to share their experiences. 

Telephone: 07760 428554     

       

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Palliative Support Centre

Contact Joyce Key from Keystone Palliative Support Centre. Free of charge support, complementary therapy and nurse advice.

This is only available for Alsager, Rode Heath & Scholar Green areas only

Telephone: 01270 872 157 or 07936 185328

Email:joyce@keystonesupportcentre.org.uk

Website: www.keystonesupportcentre.org.uk

 

Pancreatic Cancer Action     

Pancreatic Cancer Action's focus is on improving early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and improving the quality of life for those affected by pancreatic cancer

Telephone: 0303 040 1770

Email: You can email the organisation via the contact section of the website

Website: www.pancreaticcanceraction.org.uk

 

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group           

Offers support for MCHFT patients and/or carers who have been diagnosed with or affected by pancreatic cancer.           

 Telephone: 01270 273803 Email:Vicky.Woodall@mcht.nhs.uk or Caroline.Firth@mcht.nhs.uk Website: www.mcht.nhs.uk

 

Pancreatic Cancer UK    

Help if you or someone close to you has been newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Telephone: 0808 801 0707

Email: support@pancreaticcancer.org.uk

Website: www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk

 

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Questions or queries    

Contact Julie Pieczarka, Macmillan Information and Support Manager. Julie will be able to help with your queries or try and point you in the right direction.   

Telephone: 01270 273603

Email: MacmillanInfo-Support@mcht.nhs.uk  

Website: www.mcht.nhs.uk

 

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Red Cross (care in the home)

Short term care and practical support in the home after an illness.          

Telephone: 01270 255 141 ext. 2789    

   

Rip rap 

A site especially for 12-16 year-olds who have a parent with cancer. There is a contact section on the website where you can send queries.   

Website: www.riprap.org.uk

 

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 St Luke's Hospice           

 

A hospice in Cheshire that offers support, advice and care.         

Telephone: 01606 551246            

Email: enquiries@stlukes-hospice.co.uk               

Website: www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk

 

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Volunteers        

Contact Julie Pieczarka, Macmillan Information and Support Manager. Please contact Julie if you would like to know more about volunteering and what it entails. 

Telephone: 01270 273603