Mobile cancer information centre set to 'pop up' in Telford

A MOBILE cancer information and support service will pop up in Telford next week as part of a drive by the region's health leaders to increase awareness of the many forms of the disease and treatment and care available locally.

The Macmillan ‘POD’ offers a relaxed, friendly and confidential drop in service for anyone whose life has been affected by cancer.

Visitors will find a variety of services on offer including, Macmillan staff with whom they can discuss any support they may need, information on local and national organisations and support services (including benefits and financial advice), or, importantly, just someone they can share any concerns they might have wit.

Stirchley GP, Dr Michael Innes, Chair of Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Cancer affects so many of us both in the short and longterm.

"We often do not follow up on concerns because of worry, a wish not to bother anyone, or even the fear of looking stupid," he said. "This an opportunity to get free, expert advice in a safe, convenient and private environment where no question is too small and no concern is unimportant.

"Whether it is how to look for early warning signs, or what support and treatment is available in Telford and nationally for people affected by cancer, the POD is there for you.

Dr Innes added: “We’re really thrilled to be able to welcome MacMillan’s ‘POD’ to town.

"The success they have had elsewhere with awareness raising initiatives like this goes to show there is a strong desire for information and the chance to talk," he said. "We know local people will get a great benefit from this valuable opportunity.”

The ‘POD’ will be inside Telford Shopping Centre, between Monday, February 9 and Friday, February 13 and open daily from 9am until 6pm.