Northern partnership supporting local people to live with and beyond cancer

A local partnership is offering its communities the opportunity to get the help they need to live with and beyond a cancer diagnosis.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is working with Catalyst Stockton, with support from the Northern Cancer Alliance and Macmillan Cancer Support to offer those who have been affected by Cancer, additional support and someone to talk to.

The Cancer Care Co-ordinator who is based at the University Hospital of North Tees is assisting with implementing the Macmillan ‘recovery package’.  This means giving communities access to alternative approaches to support, such as a one to one appointment with a Cancer Centre volunteer, to help individuals address their concerns, empower them to manage their own care, and give them appropriate information and support to do so.

So who’s it for? Those patients who may not want to return to the clinical setting after completing their treatment. Instead, they can receive support in the community at a place closer to home. For people who may have completed treatment some time ago, butperhaps require a bit of further support.

The service works alongside the clinical support and information provided by Cancer Nurse Specialists, offering emotional and practical support, instead of clinical or diagnostic.

The initiative is part of the latest Transformation Funding from the Northern Cancer Alliance, focusing on supporting those who may require help after their treatment.

They have two dates for each month throughout February and March, offering one-to-one appointments – come along for a cup of tea and a chat. Details are:

Thornaby Family Hub (Tedder Avenue, Thornaby,  TS17 9JP)

  • At 10/11am on 20 February / 20 March

Billingham Family Hub (Ochil Terrace, Billingham, TS23 2QL)

  • At 10/11am on 27 February / 27 March

To book an appointment, please call the Cancer Information Centre on 01642 383041


Alan Chandler, Macmillan Cancer Information and Survivorship Manager at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said: “Our volunteers are fantastic and provide patients with support every single day across both of our hospital sites. To be able to extend this helping hand out into the community and make a difference beyond our patients is an invaluable opportunity. This is a brilliant initiative and I would whole heartedly recommend anyone who needs that extra bit of support or someone to talk to, to pick up the phone and give us a call.”

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