Welcome to Ipswich Hospital
Our Passion, Your Care

Supporting people living with and beyond cancer- Help on your journey

We recognise that a diagnosis of cancer can be a frightening and confusing time for those affected and we want to ensure that you have timely access to the care and support that you need.

We offer a number of initiatives which are part of The recovery Package and have been developed to support people living with a diagnosis of cancer to prepare for the future, identify their individual needs and access support that will help them to live well after treatment, these include;

The Holistic Needs Assessment; A simple set of questions, covering all areas of your life, including physical and general wellbeing. Your answers will help us to develop a care plan to ensure that your individual needs are met. This should be offered early in your treatment and at the end of treatment. If you haven’t been offered one please ask your key worker or nurse specialist or the cancer information centre team.

Treatment summary and care plan; A treatment summary should be completed at the end of every phase of treatment you have i.e surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a copy given to you and also sent to your GP. It will include key contact information for side effects or signs of recurrence. Information on likely side effects of treatment and what to do. It will often be completed in conjunction with the holistic needs assessment and any referrals made or support offered included in the care plan.

Education Programme; We offer a “Take Control” 3hr workshop and HOPE 6 week programme to help people who have had cancer and their carers to get on with their lives. These courses are free and run by trained facilitators. The course concentrates on focusing and rediscovering your inner strengths and resilience to help you cope emotionally, psychologically and practically.

These courses run throughout the year; for more information and to book a place contact the information centre team.

Healthy Lifestyle and Physical activity; We offer a number of supportive initiatives to help patients and carers regain their physical strength and improve their wellbeing. In partnership with Suffolk Sport and the Live Well team we have developed a menu of activities that can be tailored to individual’s needs, These include swimming groups, Exercise referral, cycling group and a weight management programme.

Financial support and help to return to work; The Macmillan Benefits team are available in the centre on Mondays and Tuesdays or can be contacted on 0345 600 6257. They offer advice and help to apply for financial support or grants that you may be entitled to. To make an appointment ring their free phone no or contact the Information centre.

The information centre team can offer information and support on work and cancer, pop in to collect a “work and cancer toolkit” and for advice and guidance on phased returns and disability rights for those affected by cancer.

 For further information please contact - Louise Smith - Survivorship Lead on 01473 726518

or The information centre team on 01473 715748