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Macmillan Cancer Support are offering financial advice at Newark hospital


By Rachel Armitage


Cancer patients with concerns about money and travel can now look no further than Newark Hospital for advice.

Macmillan Cancer Support will be offering specialist advice during lung cancer clinics at the hospital, held every Tuesday afternoon from 12.30pm to 4pm, and also when the breast cancer clinics at Newark are up and running in September.

The service was originally based at Kings Mill hospital in Sutton in Ashfield to offer support to those affected by cancer - not only the patient, but also their families and friends - and as it got busier the decision was made to extend the service to Newark.

Specialist cancer nurse Emma Briggs at Newark Hospital, offering financial advice for cancer patients as part of new services at the Hospital. 160719DD3-4 (13894991)
Specialist cancer nurse Emma Briggs at Newark Hospital, offering financial advice for cancer patients as part of new services at the Hospital. 160719DD3-4 (13894991)

Macmillan cancer information and support assistant Emma Briggs, who will be running the weekly surgeries, said: "We're a one-stop shop so we answer any non-clinical questions that patients may have, whether its how to apply for a blue badge or sorting out the best travel insurance if they want to take a holiday during treatment. We know this can be tricky as many insurance companies won't insure patients receiving treatment."

The sessions, which are free and patients can just drop in, will signpost patients to different support groups in the Newark area so they can talk to others who are going through the same things.

Emma added: "We can also help people to access the Macmillan grant for people on a low income with little savings who have increased outgoings due to cancer treatment, such as higher heating bills due to having chemotherapy and needing to buy extra clothes.

"This will be a really big help and will make a huge difference for something that doesn't take long to do."


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