As we put the clocks back and wrap up warm with autumnal showers and gales, it is good to take time out to reflect on where we are. Coping with Cancer North East continues to evolve at pace, with our planned change program for development, alongside the continuing external influence of Covid 19 for us all.
Our services are still in great demand, and we know that a cancer diagnosis has a wide ranging impact on mental health. The prevalence of depression and anxiety among us all with the ongoing strain of living with Covid 19. We have trained and experienced cancer counsellors available for anyone affected by cancer, it is good to take time to talk about living with cancer. No-one is alone in this experience and having somewhere to go outside of clinical and family settings does help – we know this from first-hand experience of many of our staff.
Pain and Neuropathy are two common effects of cancer and its treatments. We have an excellent accredited course of Auricular Acupuncture which we have been delivering in Oncology wards for over 20 years which is proven to reduce these symptoms and we encourage anyone who needs this to get in touch with us as we have appointments available.
It is unfortunate that, because of Covid 19, we are still unable to deliver many of our services in the hospitals, but we now have our centre open for all appointments at Moor Farm roundabout (Junction A19 and A189) near Annitsford – and are opening clinics at many other community centres in North Tyneside and also in Northumberland next year.
We still have a very busy team of staff working at Sunderland and South Tyneside Hospitals with appointments available for all our treatments at both sites, thanks to funding secured through the Trust.
We continue to work with our NHS partners, looking at innovative and blended methods for service delivery and our thanks to both Newcastle Hospitals and North Tyneside CCG for their renewed funding to keep our services open.
We have been lucky in securing further funding through NHS Hospitals Together Fund, working in partnership with some of our Cancern North network of VCSE organisations providing cancer care and support to deliver front line services across the North of Tyne and Gateshead region. Thanks to National Lottery players, Cancern North has also received funding to develop the network further across the whole of the North East and North Cumbria and we are currently recruiting for this role.