About 100 patients, relatives and carers took part in the first cancer health and wellbeing day at East Surrey Hospital recently (11). The daylong event offered a wide range of support and information for people living with and beyond cancer as well as talks by cancer specialists, therapists and diet and fitness experts.
Jane Penny, Macmillan lead cancer nurse for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “We have had really positive feedback about our first health and wellbeing day for cancer patients and their carers. There were a range of information stands, including the Brigitte Trust and The Olive Tree whose complementary therapies were very popular.
“Speakers included SASH chief of cancer services, Dr Ed Cetti, and talks covered living well after cancer treatment, psychological wellbeing, financial advice and support for carers.”
Comments from people who attended the day included:
• A very good mix of relevant talks and informative stands
• The whole atmosphere was upbeat and positive
• Cheerful and warm welcome
• It was so good to realise we are not the only ones
• I learnt so much
• Friendly, informal, informative
• The speakers had a great understanding of my situation and feelings
• Everyone caring and supportive. A good day, lovely refreshments, lots of opportunity for additional support links
• Informative talks & opportunity to get information in one place, to ask questions & talk to experienced people on the stalls & get answers.
Following the success of the wellbeing day the specialist cancer team at the Trust are planning to make this a yearly event.