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Patients and Carers Invited to Take Part in Cancer Forum

October 12, 2007 3:57 PM

Patients, families, carers and anyone else with an interest in cancer care in the West of Scotland are being urged to speak up to help shape the future of cancer care in the region. A workshop looking at how to improve cancer care is being held later this month in Glasgow city centre, and organisers are inviting all interested parties to take part.

The West of Scotland Cancer Network (WoSCAN) Partnership Forum is organising the Cancer Services Workshop to help make sure patients’ and carers’ voices are heard when planning cancer care in future. Held at the Tulip Inn on Ballater Street in Glasgow on the 24th of this month, the Workshop is an important part of the effort to involve patients in health care as much as possible.

Christine Morran, Facilitator to the WoSCAN Partnership Forum, is keen to hear the views of everyone involved: “The workshop is a great opportunity to speak out and let us know what you think of the service and how we could improve it. Anyone who is or has been a cancer patient or carer can the opportunity to discuss openly any service issues.

“There are a few specific aims. First of all, we’d like to consider what the issues are for those patients and carers who actually use the service. Secondly, it’s obvious that everyone would want “good quality” cancer services but we realise that may mean different things for different people and we’d like to hear directly from patients and carers exactly what their priorities are.

“From that, the Workshop will consider what needs to be done to feed this back into planning services. Finally, of course, it’s great opportunity to meet with people from all across the West of Scotland who use cancer care services and who work in cancer care.”

Meeting every two months, the Forum already has established links with, or is represented on, a number of regional and national groups. Any cancer patient can join the Forum, which is actively looking to recruit to the group.  Carers are also welcome, including those looking after children with cancer and those who have survived the person they cared for.

The Workshop event on Wednesday October 24th is free but registration is required, and anyone who is interested is asked to call 0141 211 1173. Lunch will be served at 12.30pm, before the event begins at 1.15pm.

ENDS

Glasgow G5 0TW.
Ballater Street
Tulip Inn
12.30pm – 4pm, Wednesday October 24th
· WoSCAN Partnership Forum Cancer Workshop,

For more information contact 0141 201 4429.

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