An Information Centre to help people across North Devon with health issues will be formally opened on 5 November.
The smart new suite is in the main foyer at North Devon District Hospital, opposite Tarka Radio.
The ribbon will be cut by Caroline Grafton-Grattan, the Devon County Chairman for Macmillan Cancer Support. The charity has invested £132,000 in the Centre.
The Centre is stocked with a wide variety of written material, as well as having two computers with direct access to useful websites.
It is designed to help patients understand more about their conditions or other health issues, so they can make choices about their care.
Its brief is also to help the wider community – and all on a free and confidential basis.
For example, trained staff can help with:
- Up-to-date information on different conditions, healthy lifestyles, benefits and social care
- Contact details for local and national support groups and services
- Who to contact if they don’t have what you want
- Information in other formats, such as large type or languages other than English
Macmillan Information Centre Manager Jenny Jacobs said: “We can help people get hold of relevant information about almost anything to do with their health and wellbeing. Whether you’re a patient, a carer or a member of the public, get in touch and we’ll either provide what you need or point you in the right direction.”
Caroline Grafton-Grattan said: “I am delighted to open this centre on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. When you have health concerns or a new diagnosis, information can provide real comfort and understanding.
“Macmillan holds cancer information very high on the agenda and we are very pleased to be able to help fund a service like this. The money that has helped to fund this service has come from a generous legacy facilitated by Seldon Ward and Nuttal Solicitors, for which we are extremely grateful.”
The centre is open: 9.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday
Anyone is welcome to drop in…
…or phone: 01271 314090
…or go to Information Centre section here
Reporters and photographers are invited to the opening at 10am. Come in via the main foyer and go straight ahead.