LIving with cancer? - we’re here to help

PEOPLE living with cancer in South Ayrshire can get quick and easy access to information and support on cancer services, thanks to the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service.

The service is a partnership between NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Macmillan Cancer Support, South Ayrshire Council and the voluntary sector, and provides a confidential support service, time to talk, counselling, a relaxing place to meet others affected by cancer, access to complementary therapies, guided internet use and links to support groups.

The service is available in Girvan Library every Wednesday from 11am to 1pm, and from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Sandra White, Nurse Consultant in Cancer – NHS Ayrshire & Arran explains: “The service offers anyone affected by cancer access to good quality information and support, and welcomes visitors with a friendly smile and a listening ear.

“Our wonderful volunteers can offer first hand experience of living with cancer – from first diagnosis to after treatment.”

“And the service isn’t just for people who have had a cancer diagnosis. Families and friends can often feel lost and confused, and not know who to turn to. The support service is on hand to help them too.”

And when you are doing your weekly shop, you can even pick up some information on cancer support services in the supermarket. A team of advisors will be in the Asda store in Girvan on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 11am to 3pm.

“We know people lead busy lives and it’s not always easy to know where to go for information or support about cancer. Our advisors are on hand for an informal chat, or to provide information and support. Why not pop along and speak to one of the team?”

To find out more about the service, call 01563 825726.