City chosen as base for UK helpline

GLASGOW has been chosen as the UK base for a cancer support helpline.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

Macmillan Cancer Support said the city was chosen for its nurse-run call centre because it is a "centre of nursing excellence" in caring for the disease.

The helpline has already dealt with more than 132,000 calls from people across the country – more than it dealt with in all of 2011.

The charity said the increase was partly due to the move to bigger city centre offices in April, which allowed it to recruit three new nurses to answer calls.

A total of 19 nurses are on hand to talk to anyone worried about the disease.

The new centre, in West Nile Street, was officially opened by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Dorothy Duffy, head of the service, said: "Glasgow is a centre of cancer nursing excellence so there is a huge wealth of experience to draw on here, which makes it the ideal place to site the Macmillan Cancer Support Line.

"Together, our nurses have more than 700 years of cancer nursing experience, which means anyone who calls us for help, whether it is someone with cancer or a family member, can access considerable expertise."

Ms Sturgeon said: "Macmillan Cancer Support offers an invaluable, nationwide service for patients and carers."

The new office also houses its financial guidance team, set up to help those who need advice on dealing with issues such as claiming on health insurance policies or dealing with mortgage issues.

The Support Line is open 8am-8pm, Monday-Friday on 0808 8080000 or see: www.macmillan.org.uk

caroline.wilson@ eveningtimes.co.uk

Health

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

108557

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Games news:

Sussed in the city

Michelle McManus

Special cause helped me to keep off wine

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

Hallowe’en, scaremongering reports and loom bands.

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.