On 21st September, the new Macmillan information and support centre for patients, carers and families affected by cancer at St George’s Hospital was officially opened by Cllr Mrs Jane Cooper, Mayor of Wandsworth and Chris Cotton, chief executive, Royal Albert Hall and former patient of the hospital.

The centre provides essential free information and support for anyone affected by cancer and is staffed by two specialist nurses; a Macmillan cancer information manager and a Macmillan cancer information officer, who are available to answer any questions. Patients or carers can drop in, without the need to make an appointment.

Chris Cotton said: “as a former patient of St George’s, I know this is a fantastic service that will make a difference to cancer patients and their loved ones through the vital information that is provided at this centre.”

Beverley van der Molen, Macmillan information and support manager for the centre, said: “Since opening our doors in July we have already supported more than 200 people affected by cancer find the information and support they needed. Many people appreciate being able to talk about their emotional, physical, practical or financial concerns in a welcoming environment.”

The centre is open from Monday to Friday, and the hours vary to complement the clinic times.

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact the communications team at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust on 020 8725 5151 or emailcommunications@stgeorges.nhs.uk. Outside working hours, please page the team by calling 0844 822 2888, leaving a short message and contact details for pager SG548.

The centre, and the staff, were fully funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. For more information please contact Ali Birtwell/Keith Ewing, Communications Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support (London, Anglia & South East region) on 020 8222 9009 orabirtwell@macmillan.org.uk or kewing@macmillan.org.uk.