Bolton to get new £150,000 cancer information service
A NEW specialist cancer information service in Bolton is a step closer after commissioners gave plans the go-ahead.
Bolton Cancer and Information Support Service will be run by Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Bolton Hospice.
It will provide help and support to the hundreds of people diagnosed in Bolton each year.
Dr Wirin Bhatiani, chairman of Bolton CCG, said: “About 1,350 new cases of cancer are diagnosed here each year and this innovative new service will mean patients and their families receive greater support through diagnosis, treatment and beyond.”
The CCG has approved plans for the Bolton service and is bidding for funding for the first three years from Macmillan Cancer Support.
It is expected to cost £154,792 per year to run, which will be picked up by Bolton CCG after the first three years — if Macmillan accepts the bid.
The service will aim to educate the public on risk factors and symptoms of cancer, provide a counselling service for patients, carers family and friends, a benefits advice service, a telephone advice line and support the development of self-help support groups.
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Bolton Cancer Patient Support Group will also support the project.
The main ‘hub’ of the service will run from Giles House in Chorley New Road and will include quiet rooms for one-to-one counselling, a conference room for education sessions, an IT learning suite, meeting room and cafe.
The CCG also approved plans for a Macmillan information centre at Bolton One as well as in the community at UCAN centres in Breightmet, the Oldhams estate, Deane, Johnson Fold, Hall I’th’ Wood, New Bury, Farnworth and Tonge Fold.
Leigh Vallance, chief executive of Bolton Hospice, said: “We are very excited about the prospect of working with the CCG and Macmillan to further develop and expand our services and play a key role in ensuring the people of Bolton have access to cancer information and support in their local .
“We are committed to providing highly skilled, specialist, compassionate and holistic care and our involvement in this project will enable us to further enhance our patients’ quality of life and improve the accessibility and provision of vital information, support and guidance available for patients and their families.”
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