Patient, Carer and Health Professional Information
Welcome to the Information Section of the website. This section will inform you of the latest news and updates throughout the Network and nationally.
Lynne Kitson has been in post as a Macmillan funded Patient Information Manager since December 2007. Funding for this post has now ended and Lynne has changed roles within the Network to a Service Improvement Manager. However, Patient Information will still be high on the agenda within the Network and readers should contact Lynne in the first instance for any patient information related queries, or telephone Lynne on 0300 421 1602.
For the Personal Folder - please click on the menu on the left.
Please scroll down for Information Centres and Financial support in the Network, Information Prescription updates and the Network Patient Information Forum.
Information Prescriptions - the latest (updated 8th January 2013)
The aim of an Information Prescription (IP) is to help you as a patient manage your care more effectively, to help you stay more independent and to feel more in control. Information is also available on the system for carers.
The IP system gives access to patient information from reliable sources (such as national charities, hospitals and hospices) which is accurate, up to date and should be easy to read and understand.
IPs ensure that you have the right information at the right time during their cancer pathway to help you make informed decisions about your treatment and care.
The Information Prescription Services (IPS) hosted by NHS Choices is a web based resource and can be found here. Please click here for a guide to using the system.
The IPS can also assist Health and Social Care Professionals with tailoring and personalising the information given to patients.
The final report following the end of the official rollout can be found here and a signposting and guidance document for future use of the IP system here.
For more information please contact Lynne Kitson - Service Improvement Manager at the 3 Counties Cancer Network - either by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone - 0300 421 1602.
Please click here for the Information Prescriptions Newsletter Number 29 (December 2012).
Financial Benefits for Cancer Patients (updated 28th May 2012)
Please click here for information about financial support for cancer patients in the 3 Counties Cancer Network.
Please click here for a quick reference guide to financial support for cancer patients in the 3 Counties Cancer Network.
Information Prescriptions - Top Ten Tips! (Added April 2012)
Please click here for the Information Prescriptions Top Ten Tips sheet.
Information Centres across the Network
The FOCUS (Fund for Oncology Centre Users and Supporters) Cancer Information and Support Centre at Cheltenham General Hospital is open 5 days a week. The centre is managed by Yvonne Kimber with support from Linda Steeds. Yvonne and Linda can be contacted on 0300 422 4414.
For more information about the centre and what is offered, please click here.
Maggie's Cheltenham is situated on College Baths Road, just behind the fire station near to Cheltenham General Hospital. The centre provides information, benefits advice, psychological support both individually and in groups, courses and stress reducing strategies.
Telephone 01242 250611. Centre Manager Jane Fide – email@example.com
Open Monday – Friday 9 am - 5 pm.
The Information Resource Room - just off the main concourse near the coffee shop at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has 2 spinner racks dedicated to support information (for example, benefits and finances) for cancer patients. Volunteers in the room will keep hte information up to date and re-order when necessary. If you can’t find any information that you need please let Lynne know.
Great Oaks Hospice in Coleford (Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire) has a Macmillan Information point with supportive information available for patients and carers. Please contact them on 01594 811910 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service within the Macmillan Renton Unit at Hereford County Hospital is open from Monday - Friday, 9.30 am - 4.30 pm. There is a dedicated information area along with a quiet room for private discussions. Alison Stemp is the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Facilitator and can be contacted via switchboard on 01432 355444 extn 5459.
The Bracken Trust in Llandrindod Wells (Powys) has a Macmillan Cancer Information Service for patient in Powys. Please telephone Vicky Jones on 01597 824135 or e-mail email@example.com for more details.
The Macmillan Information Pod at Worcestershire Royal Hospital is open from Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm. The centre is managed by Kay Tandy - Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service Lead. Kay can be contacted on 01905 733837.