Southampton cancer centre awarded high profile status

A Southampton support and information centre for patients affected by cancer and their family and friends has won national recognition for the service it provides.

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, based at Southampton General Hospital, has become one of only 14 sites in the UK awarded the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM).

The award, which will be presented at a ceremony on Monday (24th May), marks excellence in providing a comforting setting and level of information.

Since opening in June 2005, the centre, a partnership between Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support, has seen more than 40,000 people.

The centre’s manager, coordinator, 20 volunteers and 14 complementary therapists offer people opportunities to talk, access to support groups and help with practical matters.

Elaine Lennan, consultant cancer nurse at Southampton General Hospital, said: “I am extremely pleased for every member of the centre’s team that they have received this honour. Everyone has worked so hard to achieve this status, which is thoroughly deserved.

“Patients, family members, friends and carers need as much support, advice and one-to-one contact as they can get and this centre has given people the right environment to visit either on a drop-in or appointment basis.”

The information and support service is available by visiting the centre on B level at Southampton General Hospital from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Posted on Wednesday 19 May 2010