New cancer information service for North Devon

Launch of new service for patients and their families that can be accessed at libraries across the region.

A pioneering scheme to help cancer patients and their families get the right advice has been launched.

Libraries in Barnstaple, Bideford, Holsworthy and Ilfracombe will be used as central hubs, providing access to information and specialist support.

Devon County Council, the Peninsula Cancer Network and Macmillan Cancer Support have joined forces to make it easier to find the right books, leaflets, online support and expertise as close to home as possible.

The libraries will be holding monthly Macmillan/CAB advice and guidance sessions on benefits and financial advice for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. These are also available to carers and relatives.

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Library staff will provide internet support and assistance to people wishing to access the NHS Choices information prescription site,

Macmillan-approved books about cancer are available on free loan - some written by people with cancer themselves while others offer more technical information.

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“Libraries are the ideal way patients can access information and vital support,” said Councillor Andrea Davis, County Cabinet Member for health and wellbeing.

“They are at the heart of our communities, and this scheme will increase the availability of high quality cancer information and support locally, at times which are convenient, saving people the need to travel huge distances.”

To mark the launch an open afternoon was held at Barnstaple Library to enable people to meet library staff, specialists from other organisations and service users.

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