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Cancer charity continues to support Cornish patients during coronavirus

Cancer charity continues to support Cornish patients during coronavirus

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:00am 5th April 2020.

A cancer charity says it is reaching out to self-isolating patients in Cornwall as the coronavirus pandemic continues. 

The Cove Macmillan Support Centre, based at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in Truro, is temporarily closed to visitors due to the pandemic.

However, the team said it has found safe ways to continue to support local people affected by cancer by working remotely and using telephone appointments to continue many of its services.

"Despite the incredibly difficult and uncertain situation every one of us has found ourselves in, we knew how important it was to keep going and to be there for the people who depend on our support, now more than ever. Though the Cove’s doors are temporarily closed, we are very much still here for people affected by cancer in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

Kathryn Radcliffe, Macmillan Centre Manager

The centre in Truro is continuing to offer counselling, psychological support, benefits advice and physiotherapy appointments by telephone.

Patients can also email the team to ask questions if they need more information about their cancer or treatment, as well as phoning to speak to a healthcare professional for advice, support, or just to talk through any concerns they may have at this difficult time.

“In this unprecedented situation; the way the team at the Cove Macmillan Support Centre has adapted to ensure they are still able to support people is simply extraordinary.”

Jacqui Hodge, Macmillan Partnership Manager

Anyone affected by cancer in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly can contact the Cove Macmillan Support Centre team on 01872 256363 or email thecove@nhs.net 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

The charity’s online community continues to provide invaluable emotional and peer support. The Macmillan Support Line is open Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm on 0808 808 00 00.

Macmillan is almost entirely funded by donations and can only support the growing number of people living with cancer with the help of its supporters. Visit the Macmillan website to donate or volunteer.

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