It is now easier for people concerned about cancer to find information about it.
A cancer information stand has been created at the Henry Bloom Noble Library in Duke Street, Douglas.
A range of literature is freely available from the stand - an extension of the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service at Noble’s Hospital - with leaflets and booklets to take away on topics such as: screening and prevention, financial support, the emotional aspects of cancer, hair loss, and also wider issues relating to health and wellbeing of those affected by cancer.
In addition, a Macmillan volunteer is now available at the library on the last Friday of each month, between 11am and 2pm.
Members of the public can drop in for general support and guidance relating to any of the booklets provided. They can also talk about issues that can affect those facing cancer in a confidential and calm environment.
This is the second information drop-in service recently established outside Noble’s Hospital, complementing one at The Hub Club in Thie Rosien on Castletown Road in Port Erin, situated opposite the Southern Group Practice, where a Macmillan volunteer is available on the last Tuesday of each month between 11am and 1pm.
During 2016, the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service supported more than 800 people on the island affected by cancer, including patients, friends and families, as well as healthcare professionals seeking specialist cancer information.
Michaela Morris, executive director of health and care with the Department of Health and Social Care, said: ’We want Macmillan’s specialist cancer information to be readily accessible in the community, not just online or at Noble’s Hospital.
’By bringing these information services into community facilities we hope to increase the support available to those affected by cancer.
’This latest agreement with the Henry Bloom Noble Library means Macmillan’s cancer information is readily and freely available on the high street, in the heart of our island’s capital."
Douglas Council runs the library.
The council’s regeneration and community committee chair Councillor Stephen Pitts said: ’Central to the library’s objectives is to serve the community in its widest sense, to be inclusive and act as a hub of information.
’The council is therefore pleased to be associated with Noble’s Hospital Macmillan Cancer Information Support Service by accommodating an information stand and hosting these sessions at the Henry Bloom Noble Library, which will offer help and guidance to all those whose lives are affected by cancer.’