A successful Health and Wellbeing event for cancer patients, their relatives and carers arranged by Macmillan Cancer Support and Cwm Taf University Health Board was held on November 4th 2016 at the Tonyrefail Workingmen’s Club in Porth.
The aim of the event was to provide health and wellbeing advice to people living with cancer and to ensure that they are receiving the best possible care according to their needs.
Cancer patients, their relatives and carers received advice, signposting to information and other support networks from a range of health care professionals, which included specialist cancer nurses, representatives from Tenovus, the National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS), Your Medicines Your Health, and also Macmillan’s welfare benefit advisors and Relate services.
Information stands included Beating Bowel Cancer, Prostate Cymru, Cancer Aid Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, Rowan Tree Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Michelle Lloyd, Macmillan Person Centred Care Project Manager said: “Holding such an event out of a clinical setting and in the community was a great success.
“It is important that people feel well supported and are provided with good levels of information. It ensures that patients have what they need to make informed decisions about their care and to help them to become more able to undertake self management.
“Attendees were able to spend time chatting to other families and to heath care professionals in a familiar environment within their community.
“The overwhelming feedback from the day was simple. As one patient said, the important thing to them was “to be able to talk to someone and receive advice.
“All in all, it was a really beneficial event which allowed cancer patients to not only talk to health care professionals but to also spend time talking with other patients and their families about their own experiences.
“We’ll certainly be doing more of these events in the future!”