A CANCER support centre is continuing to help people living with cancer across Bolton during the latest lockdown by providing vital telephone and virtual support.

Macmillan’s Information and Support Service based at Macmillan’s Information and Support Centres, based at Royal Bolton Hospital, Giles House, at Bolton Hospice and Bolton One, is once again temporarily closed to visitors due to the new national coronavirus restrictions.

However, the team is continuing to support local healthcare staff, self-isolating cancer patients and their relatives by working remotely and speaking to people on the phone and via email.

Sue Summerfield, Macmillan Centre Manager, said: “Despite going back into lockdown, the Macmillan Information and Support Service team are still on hand to support people living with cancer, their families and healthcare staff at this incredibly difficult time either over the phone or by email.

“We are doing everything we can to adapt our services so we can continue to provide essential support to people living with cancer across Bolton during the coronavirus crisis.

“We know people rely on our support now more than ever and we are urging anyone with any worries or concerns about cancer, if they require psychological support or need to speak to their clinical teams, or are lonely and just want a chat – to please contact us, we are still here for you.”

Services available over the phone from the Macmillan Information and Support Centre include emotional and physical support, access to the Macmillan Benefits Advice Service and assistance with completing benefits applications.

This is in addition to helping with applying for Blue Badges, sending out Macmillan information direct to your home and responding to questions.

Anyone affected by cancer in Bolton can contact the centre on 01204 663059 or email boltoncancerinfo@nhs.net, Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

Macmillan’s national support line is 0808 808 00 00 and is available, seven days a week (8am – 8pm). The latest guidance and advice on the impact of coronavirus on cancer care, is also available at www.macmillan.org.uk/coronavirus