A £1 million service to ensure cancer patients are offered emotional, practical and financial support has been launched in Dundee.
Macmillan Cancer Support and Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership are working with a range of partners across the city to make sure cancer patients can access all the help they need by making just one phone call.
Improving the Cancer Journey will see every newly-diagnosed cancer patient in the city sent a letter offering a meeting with a one-to-one support worker.
The worker will then help the patient access a range of support, from benefits advice and emotional support to help at home or with other practical needs.
Anyone currently living with cancer can also access the service by simply calling the team to arrange an appointment.
Macmillan Cancer Support has invested in the project, which involves the health and social care partnership, Dundee City Council, Leisure and Culture Dundee, NHS Tayside and other organisations.
Dundee has a higher than average incidence of all main cancers.
There are just under 6,000 people living with cancer in the city and the number is expected to grow to more than 8,000 by 2030.
Janice Preston, Macmillan’s head of services in Scotland, said: “Cancer has a huge impact on every aspect of people’s lives and many patients tell us they don’t know where to turn for help. The new service should make sure everyone in Dundee with cancer has someone to call on for help, no matter what they need. We hope the service will transform cancer support in Dundee.”
The project is open to everyone aged 18 and over living with cancer.
Ken Lynn, chairman of Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Today’s launch is the start of a journey to transform care and support for people living with cancer.
“We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. However, what is perhaps less known is where people can go to get the help and support which meets their individual needs.
“This new and ground-breaking service will work with a range of partners to get the best possible outcomes for people affected by cancer.”
To find out more about the service, call 01382 443 340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.