Calendar star Christine Talbot opens new Macmillan information centre for cancer patients at St James’s
ITV Calendar news presenter Christine Talbot has officially opened the brand new Macmillan @ Leeds Cancer Support Information Centre in the Bexley Wing at St James’s University Hospital.
An information service, staffed by Macmillan volunteers and support workers, has supported many people from across the Yorkshire region affected by cancer since the Bexley Wing opened in 2008. Early 2013, Macmillan Cancer Support very generously agreed to redesign the space, investing £95,000 on a purpose-built centre better equipped to deal with the ever-increasing need to offer and provide support.
The service aims to help people in continuing to live their lives alongside receiving their medical treatment and care. The new centre, part of the Leeds Cancer Support Service is fundamental to our specialist team being able to provide information and support to people in a warm and welcoming environment.
Christine said: “As a patient, I can’t tell you just how valuable this is as a support network, where you can just turn to someone and get information, or ask ‘can you help me, I just need to know about this’. The work of staff in Bexley wing and the Macmillan centre is second to none.”
Steve Edwards, Macmillan Development Manager, West Yorkshire, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support is delighted to be working in partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospitals to improve facilities available to people affected by cancer.
“The cancer information services at the Trust were commended in a recent cancer patient experience survey, so we’re looking to continue that great work. This newly refurbished information centre provides an excellent, confidential environment for anyone seeking advice and support about cancer.”
Trust Chief Executive, Julian Hartley, also attended the opening, and there was seasonal entertainment from children at Christ Church Upper Armley C of E Primary School.