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In the beginning....
In late 2013 a patient with prostate cancer contacted Prostate Cancer UK to raise the issue about the lack of patient support in the Southport area. He felt that there was nowhere to go for peer support, information and advice in-between outpatient appointments.The clinical staff at the hospital are excellent, but do not have the time, or the capacity, to provide support outside their clinical roles. A working group was put together , which included the aforementioned patient, local clinicians, a Macmillan co-ordinator and a Prostate Cancer UK representative. After several planning meetings, the group launched the Southport & West Lancs Prostate Cancer Support Group in March 2014 and it has so far proved very popular and successful.
The group is a self help support group led by people affected by prostate cancer, with Health Care Professionals in attendance at all meetings and planning meetings. In the year 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015 there were 181 newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients in Southport and West Lancashire.
The group researched many different venues in the area, in terms of size, cost and accessibilty. Hurlston Hall, with free car park, wheelchair access and situated half-way between Southport and Ormskirk was tried, tested and found suitable for the group, with members helping one another with transport.
The Southport & West Lancs Prostate Cancer Support Group is now an Affiliate group of Prostate Cancer UK, although we remain completely independent of the organisation.
Thursday 1st August
Hurlston Hall, Hurlston Lane, Scarisbrick, Ormskirk L40 8HB
Guest Speaker: Sue Boyes - Support Group Development Officer, Prostate Cancer UK
Subject: An update on the work and research of Prostate Cancer UK
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Southport & West Lancs Prostate Cancer Support Group offers support and help to members and their families.
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