Glasgow is to become the first place in Scotland where all cancer patients are automatically offered financial, emotional and practical support. In a UK first, social care services are working with the NHS to make sure cancer patients can access all the help they need - by making just one phone call.
The groundbreaking new service will see every newly diagnosed cancer patient in Glasgow sent a letter offering a visit from a dedicated worker. The worker will then help the patient get all the help they need, from benefits advice and emotional support to help at home or child care.
Those behind the new service, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, say it's desperately needed. The organisations revealed the number of cancer patients in Glasgow is increasing every year and many of them don't know where to go for help coping with the non-medical effects of the illness. Macmillan, which has invested £3million in the new project, believes the service will be a real help to everyone living with cancer in the city.
To find out more about the Improving the Cancer Journey service call 0141 287 7077.
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