A new support service for anyone affected by cancer in North Lancashire and South Cumbria is opening at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary on Tuesday.
The Macmillan Cancer Support centre - the charity’s first in the area with further services also planned for Furness General and Westmorland General in the future.
Pauline Robinson, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse, UHMBT, said: “Our aim is to ensure that anyone affected by cancer across Lancaster, Morecambe and South Cumbria, including their family and carers, will have access to the right information and support they need throughout their cancer journey, so that they can make the best decisions for themselves about their treatment and their lives.
“As the service develops there will be a team of experts and trained volunteers on hand to answer any questions, lend a listening ear and provide vital information and support on everything from local support groups to help with any financial problems a cancer diagnosis can create.
"All visitors to the centre will be able to access booklets, leaflets and other sources of information, free of charge.”
Lynne Wyre, Deputy Chief Nurse, UHMBT (pictured), added: “This new facility will provide an area for people affected by cancer and their families in Morecambe Bay to seek advice and support during what can be an extremely distressing and emotional time.
"It is fantastic that we have been able to work so closely with Macmillan who has funded the facility as it will be a real asset to the local community for years to come.”
No appointments will be needed to visit the new Macmillan Information and Support Centre, which will be open from 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays).