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Have you recently had a diagnosis of cancer or still having treatment for cancer and are worried about some non-medical issues such as finances etc?
Would you like some help, support or information about
Please contact the surgery and book an appointment with our MacMillan Community Care Coordinator Helen Davies.
Helen is an experienced health care professional who has been working in a cancer support role for over 10 years and is available to provide emotional, social and practical cancer information. She can also help you access cancer support services. Any physical cancer concerns should be discussed with your GP or Practice Nurse.
As a Macmillan Community Care Coordinator she is available to provide non-medical support following a cancer diagnosis and treatment. If you have been diagnosed with cancer between February and August 2021 you may find it helpful to discuss your needs by coming in for a Cancer Care Review.
This allows you to talk about your cancer experience and concerns, understand what support may be available and help you identify ways to manage your condition. The aim of the support is to maximise your wellbeing whilst living with and after a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
If you are worried about returning to work; managing money; your emotional wellbeing; family matters or feel it would be helpful to talk to someone following your cancer treatment, please contact the surgery and book an appointment.
Helen will be offering face to face appointments at the surgery on Thursdays and telephone appointments on Friday afternoons.
For further information or to make an appointment to speak to Helen, please email the practice on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Portcullis Surgery on 01584 872939
What is a Cancer Care Review?
A Cancer Care Review is a conversation between a patient and their primary care team. The medical part is usually carried out by a GP/Practice Nurse alongside the social elements being completed by a Macmillan Community Care Co-ordinator.
It is a chance for the patient to receive personalised care that helps them to:
· Talk about their cancer experience and concerns
· Understand what support is available locally
· Receive the information they need to begin supported self-management
It is a chance for them to share their concerns and to explore any wider implications of their diagnosis, beyond the medical concerns, and signpost them to other support services.
What is a Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA)?
An HNA is a simple questionnaire that is completed by a person affected by cancer. It allows them to highlight the most important issues to them at that time, and this can inform the development of a care and support plan with their nurse or key worker. It usually takes about 10 minutes to complete.
More information and a link to a copy of the HNA concerns checklist can be found on the Macmillan website: