Cancer Health and Wellbeing Day 2016
The local NHS in North West Surrey is holding a second Health and Wellbeing Day, aimed at providing help and advice for cancer patients, their families and carers. A joint event hosted by North West Surrey CCG, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support, the event includes:
- Strategies for coping with a diagnosis and moving forward
- How to manage work and cancer
- Incorporating the benefits for staying active and eating healthily
The day also features an exhibition area, highlighting the work of service providers, community and support groups. The Health and Wellbeing Day will be held at the HG Wells Conference Centre, Woking between 9.30 am and 4.00pm on Wednesday 23 February 2016.
Cancer Health and Wellbeing Day 2015
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals hosted a Cancer Health and Wellbeing day on Wednesday 25 February at Ashford Hospital. There was an amazing response to this event with over 100 people attending, made up of patients, family members and carers.
The event was designed to empower patients to take control and participate in their recovery through educational talks, promoting positive lifestyle changes as well as knowledge of services available that can help. The main focus was to improve the quality life for patients living with and beyond cancer to enable them to lead as healthy and active lives for as long as possible.
Speaking about the day, Lead Cancer Clinician/ Macmillan Nurse Cancer & Palliative Care, Sarah Burton, who organised the day’s events with the Cancer Team said: “There was a real buzz to the day and it was wonderful to see so many patients and carers attending this event.
“We are grateful for MacMillan sponsoring a delicious lunch, which provided the opportunity for people to meet others in the same situation and small groups formed as they sat together listening and sharing their experiences and stories.”
There were a range of speakers from clinicians and psychologists to dieticians as well as talks on more practical issues about seeking financial benefits, carer’s support, medical coaching and advice on physical exercise.
There was an exhibition of stands supported by 13 organisations including MacMillan Cancer Support, Crest, Prostate UK, Beating Bowel Cancer and Carers’ UK, who provided information and guidance.
A patient fed back ‘Thank you for a brilliant enjoyable day, the information and advice was great. Made me feel so much more positive. I had a lovely hand massage. When’s the next one…?’
It is hoped that these health and wellbeing days will be held on a regular basis (every six months) and that smaller more specific sessions will be organised based on patients’ needs.
From left to right, Katayoon Bamdad, MacMillan Cancer Survivorship Lead, Sarah Burton, Lead Cancer Clinician/ Macmillan Nurse Cancer & Palliative Care, Ruth Teader, Deputy Ashford Infusion Suite Manager, Dr May Teoh, Oncologist.