Hereford County Hospital
Clinical advice can only be given by a Consultant, Clinical Nurse Specialist or GP and patients should direct these specifically to them.
The advice for patients regarding chemotherapy is – ‘At present you need to continue to attend any appointments that have been booked for you.
Your Doctor will make individual decisions for every patient based on the risk for each patient.
If you are in the middle of a course of chemotherapy the decision about the next treatment will be made when you are assessed for your fitness for that treatment.’
Cancer patients are able to contact someone who can give covid19 updates specific to cancer, signpost to local services offering support e.g. for shopping etc. and listen to their anxieties.
Each Macmillan Support Worker can be reached as follows please choose the appropriate Macmillan Support Worker for your particular cancer:
Kim Heathcote from the Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service Hub is available to take calls Monday – Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5459
There are several methods of support available, including:
Herefordshire Macmillan Citizens Advice Welfare Benefits Service
Free, confidential and impartial advice for people living with cancer, their carers and relatives, aimed at helping with the financial cost of cancer.
General advice on Coronavirus for people with any form of cancer.
From Thursday 19th March for the safety or our clients and staff our centre temporarily closed.
There is a virtual Yeleni Therapy & Support Service available to anyone at any age with any cancer, any stage to continue offering support through this challenging time – your carers, family and friends are welcome too.
Weekly Wellbeing – a programme of online experiences for everyone using Zoom: virtual yoga classes, meditation, gentle exercise classes, crochet, with more experiences being added each week.
Talking therapies via Zoom, Skype or phone – such as counselling, hypnotherapy, mindfulness & nutritional advice will be available by appointment.
Coffee and Chat Club – a Yeleni friend will telephone anyone who feels isolated or alone once a week for a chat or you can join in our weekly Coffee and Chat club via Zoom.
From Thursday 19 March all of our centres will be temporarily closed.
Breast Cancer haven offers one-to- one emotional, physical and practical support. Our team of specialist-trained therapists, nurses and counsellors provide vital support to help meet the needs of anyone affected by breast cancer during medical treatment and beyond. Our services are available free of charge to anyone with breast cancer, their family and friends or those who carry the BRAC 1 and 2 genes.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 we remain committed to provide our support to anyone who needs us, even if they cannot leave their homes. We have adapted our programme and continue to provide care and one-to-one support virtually or over the phone. In addition to our one-to-one support we are providing a range of online classes and support groups. We want you to know that our professional teams are here to speak to you at this difficult time and give you the support you need.
We are still offering individual support over the phone/email/text so Brain Tumour patients and their carers have someone to talk to.
Please note, we cannot give medical advice.
We are available to support unpaid family Carers via phone, email and text between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Due to the current pandemic we have stopped home visits, so our services are being offered over the phone, via post, email and text. We are calling Carers who are currently open to us on a weekly basis to check in with them.
CarerLinks are also able to offer a listening ear to all Carers to support their emotional wellbeing during these difficult times.
The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs to children and young people and funds vital research into childhood cancers. During the current situation with COVID-19 we are continuing to offer our wig service to cancer patients. It is available to children and young people of any gender, up to the age of 24 years.
Wigs are being distributed in a safe and socially responsible way, with consultations and fittings being conducted by our expert wig fitters over Skype, FaceTime or other virtual means. A personal visit and face to face meeting for finishing touches will be scheduled at a later date when it is safe to do so.