Royal Surrey County Hospital organised their first health and wellbeing event for patients living with and beyond cancer in December 2015. Its purpose was to help patients and their families/carers cope with the emotional and practical effects of living with the disease.
The event was designed to encourage patients to take control of thier recovery through informative talks, which promoted positive lifestyle changes as well as knowledge of services available that can help. The Trust invited a range of different expert speakers from consultant oncologists to GPs, psychologits, dieticians and physiotherapists. Practical issues about seeking financial benefits, carers’ support, advice on physical exercise and return to work were also featured. A total of 15 different cancer charities and voluntary organisations including MacMillan Cancer Support, Fountain Centre, Prostate Cancer UK, Beating Bowel Cancer, Lymphoma Association, Crossroads care Surrey were also represented. For more information, click here.
Organiser and Macmillan cancer survivorship lead Katayoon Bamded, said: “The event was a tremendous success and around 110 patients, their families and carers attended. We created a relaxed atmosphere in which patients were able to share their experience, as well as receiving additional support from the charities and organisation who kindly agreed to have free information stands.”
Head of Cancer Nursing and Patient Support Services, Carol Redfern, said: “We are very grateful to Macmillan Cancer Support for sponsoring the day. Here at Royal Surrey we are committed to improving the quality of life for our patients and their families.”
The second health and wellbeing event will be held on May 18th, 2016. It will be a collaboration between Guildford and Waverley CCG and Macmillan Cancer Support . For more information, click here