Macmillan cancer support

The Cancer Information and Support Centre is located in the Swan Centre in the purple zone of the hospital.

The purpose of the centre is to provide equal access to cancer information and anything that relates to cancer, including screening, familial information, practical advice and bereavement. It is managed by a Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Officer and supported by trained volunteers.

There is a large library of materials in different formats and languages. These are free of charge and guided internet access is also available to patients, their families and carers.

You do not need to have cancer to use the facilities in the centre. Suggestions, recommendations and requests for new literature are welcomed.

There is a drop-in facility available between 10am – 4pm and no appointment is necessary. The centre is staffed by volunteers and the main advantage of this is that our volunteers do not have the same time constraints that professionals have. Many of the volunteers have personal experience of cancer and therefore understand how patients feel.

Patients can be referred on to other agencies from the centre, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and Social Services, and Macmillan grant applications can be made from here. 

Referrals for complementary therapy and counselling are also offered.

You can contact the Centre on 0191 445 2979 or email

Download a leaflet about Macmillan Cancer Support.

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