Dimbleby Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support are developing a state-of-the-art information and support centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup to enhance support for people affected by cancer and their families in the area. It will be an important part of a new Guy’s and St Thomas’ Cancer Centre on the Queen Mary’s Hospital site which is due to open in early summer 2016.
The £200,000 Dimbleby Macmillan Information and Support Centre will offer help to people from South East London and north Kent. It will operate five days a week and be staffed by volunteers who will offer a variety of services, including specialist information and advice, complementary therapies, exercise and relaxation classes and support groups.
The new service will replace and expand on the work of the current Douglas Macmillan Centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital, where a dedicated team of volunteers and a Dimbleby Cancer Care information professional currently help people affected by cancer.
The new Guy’s and St Thomas’ Cancer Centre is part of a £30 million redevelopment of the Queen Mary’s Hospital site which is owned by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ will administer radiotherapy to around 6,000 people, and chemotherapy to between 4,000 and 6,000 patients each year, so they can be treated closer to home instead of travelling into London for their treatment.
Jonathan Dimbleby, Chair of Dimbleby Cancer Care, said: “I am delighted that through this partnership we are able to extend our support for cancer patients in this way. It marks an important step forward in our efforts to meet a growing need.”
Fran Woodard, Director for England and Policy and Research for Macmillan said: “Every day, more than 100 people in London and Kent hear the devastating news that they have cancer. This number is set to nearly double by 2030, which will result in thousands more people in the area needing medical, practical and emotional support.
“For this reason, we’re proud that the Dimbleby Macmillan Information and Support Service will help people affected by cancer in the area, during and after treatment, so that no one faces cancer alone.”