New cancer centre to host first Macmillan Coffee Morning

A new cancer care and support unit in Cromer will host its first Macmillan Coffee Morning this week.

The North Norfolk Macmillan Centre has provided information and support to more than 300 patients since it opened last year and will be hosting a coffee morning on Friday 30 September between 10am and midday.

The coffee morning will coincide with a new cancer support group that will take place every month at the centre at Cromer and District Hospital.

Rachel Hall, Macmillan Information Manager, said: “We have been supporting quite a few patients and families on an ongoing basis since we opened and we hope to help more people as we increase the number of support groups in the coming months.”

“We have had incredible feedback from the men’s cookery course that runs until November and we are looking forward to starting a new support group for people living with or beyond cancer as well the HOPE (Help to Overcome Problems Effectively) course.”

The cancer support group will run from 10am to midday on the last Friday of each month.

For more information, email or call 01603 641559.

Since the opening of the North Norfolk Macmillan Centre, more than 1,200 chemotherapy sessions have taken place – a 55% increase in chemotherapy treatments at Cromer and District Hospital.

The centre has also held almost 3,000 outpatient sessions and performed more than 2,000 minor procedures.

Alexandra Parvin, Senior Sister, said: “Our patients really like the new centre and it is so much better for them to have treatment closer to home. Chemotherapy sessions have increased and there is a lot of dermatology work happening. We hope to do prostate biopsies and hold Head and Neck clinics in the near future.”

The £4.85million project was designed by LSI Architects and completed in just over a year. Funding for the centre has been provided jointly by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Cromer Community and Hospital Friends.

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