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  • Borough’s first joint wellbeing event for cancer, respiratory and cardiac patients

    Henry James

    HEALTH organisations in West Lancashire are hosting their first joint health and wellbeing event for cancer, respiratory and cardiac patients, and their families.

    The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, May 30, from 2 to 4pm at West Lancashire College’s campus in Skelmersdale.

    It has been organised by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, West Lancashire and Southport & Formby Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Services, and the NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

    Issues in focus on the day will include management of fatigue, breathlessness and stress, the importance of nutrition, and the benefits of physical activity for people affected by cancer, respiratory and cardiac issues.

    Anyone interested in health and wellbeing is welcome to attend.

    Caroline Flynn, Macmillan Information & Support Services manager for West Lancs, said: “These events have taken place in Southport previously with great success so it is exciting to bring our first one to West Lancashire.

    “This event is open to anyone looking for advice but is specifically geared towards those individuals who have undergone or are completing a course of treatment for cancer and/or who have respiratory or cardiac conditions.

    “Our specialists, including cancer nurses from the trust, will be on hand to discuss what information, advice and facilities are available to help people adjust to a life with and beyond these conditions.”

    The event aims to allow individuals to achieve a greater sense of control, feel more confident about their condition and feel equipped to access the information and support they need.

    An iVan will be parked up outside the event from 2 to 3.30pm with information and advice on cancer and cancer screening, early detection, skin and mole changes, blood pressure checks, and general health and lifestyle.

    Local voluntary, community and faith groups will also be attending the event, with several stalls people can visit for advice and information.

    For information or to book a place contact Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust on 01704 704789 or soh-tr.macmillan westlancs@nhs.net.

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