The Mustard Tree Macmillan Centre
The Mustard Tree Macmillan Cancer Support Centre is available to anyone affected by cancer (at any stage of the illness).
The Mustard Tree Macmillan Centre is located on Level 3 of Derriford Hospital, just outside the Royal Eye Infirmary (REI) entrance.
We offer a cosy and comfortable environment for patients, relatives and carers to share concerns, ask questions and access a range of support.
The Mustard Tree Cancer Support Centre is staffed by Macmillan professionals and trained volunteers, some of whom have had a personal experience with cancer.
We are able to offer information about your illness, details of the support that is available and the opportunity to talk to someone about how you feel.
Meet our staff
You may come across a variety of staff during your contact with the Centre. Here you can find out a little bit more about who they are and what they do.
Our Support Specialists are all healthcare professionals by background with various Oncology experience. They are available for 1:1 appointments if you'd like to discuss your concerns or if you have any questions. For medical concerns, they will signpost you to your clinical team but they can offer emotional support and self-management techniques.
A Cancer diagnosis can sometimes have an impact on your finances, especially if you are unable to work during or after treatment. We have a Macmillan Benefits Advisor who is able to offer advice on whether you are entitled to any benefits and can even help with the application process. They can also signpost you to further advice or support.
We have a team of qualified counsellors with specific cancer training. Following a consultation with one of our Support Specialists, they can refer you, if this option is right for you.
Our trained therapists offer specialist therapies to aid relaxation and promote a sense of wellbeing.
Support Workers can provide Holistic Needs Assessments (HNAs), which will help to identify any unmet needs you may have. A care plan can be formulated to support you in managing your concerns. Support Workers can also signpost you to additional support.
How we can help you
- One to one consultations with specialist support staff
- A telephone support and information service
- Education sessions and workshops offering advice on a range of health and wellbeing topics
- Information and support within the workplace
- Benefits advice
- Counselling. Support coping with hair loss and choosing wigs
- Appropriate fitness, activity and exercise for health and wellbeing
- Signposting to a wide range of support services and support within your local community
- Support for patients, families and carers living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis
- Complementary therapies
- Support groups and many other activities
Find out more about how we can help you
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