Support service is launched for cancer patients

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A TELEPHONE helpline has been launched for South Yorkshire patients who have undergone surgery for colorectal cancer.

Discharged patients in Barnsley are immediately offered a series of telephone consultations.

The pilot has been provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s care navigation service and is due to run out in 2014.

Paul Hughes, care navigation service lead for the trust, said: “Our care navigation service provides information and advice and focuses on a person’s well-being by changing the relationship between patients and care providers.

“The service empowers patients to maintain and improve their own health rather than focusing on the specific illness.”

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust expects the pilot project will give cancer survivors will experience an improved life, health and be more independent.

The Barnsley care navigation service is available to help anyone with a long-term condition or ongoing illness.

To access the service, patients in the borough can call freephone 0800 612 1976.