Virtual health and wellbeing event announced for cancer patients

Posted on Thu, 28/10/2021

A poster promoting the upcoming virtual event to support the health and wellbeing of cancer patients

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust's Cancer Services and Personalised Care Team will deliver their first virtual health and wellbeing event for patients on Tuesday 23rd November. The event will look to support those who have been affected by cancer and inform them of the opportunities and activities available to them in support of their health and wellbeing following cancer diagnosis or treatment.

Taking place between 9:30am – 12:30pm on the 23rd November via Microsoft Teams, the event will welcome a number of guest speakers to discuss topics including nutrition, diet, exercise, dealing with uncertainty, improving sleep and the dedicated support services that are available within the local community.

As well as enjoying the chance to hear from speakers and learn more about ways to support their own wellbeing, attendees will also be welcome to chat virtually with others who have had similar experiences as well as ask questions of each other and the event’s guest speakers.

The event is welcome to all who have been diagnosed with, or who are receiving or have completed treatment for any form of cancer. Family members and those looking to support patients are also welcome to attend.

Julie Richards, Macmillan Personalised Care Project Lead is a strong advocate of the commitment and vision of the NHS’ long-term plan, which states that where appropriate, every person diagnosed with cancer should have access to personalised care - part of which includes information and support for a patient’s wider health and wellbeing. 

Julie shared: “Our event aims to provide cancer patients with the opportunity to take a proactive approach to improving their health and wellbeing along with the benefits that doing so brings by discussing what matters to them and their families, and signposting to the support available within the local community.

“Moving forward, it is our intention to hold these events four times per year so they become embedded within the cancer treatment regime of patients. We also intend record these virtual sessions so they can be accessed by a wider audience to ensure anyone unable to attend does not miss out.”

And while these sessions will be made available on demand via our YouTube channel in the days following each respective event, the opportunity to interact with both guest speakers and fellow attendees leaves little doubt that attending via Teams will prove the most rewarding way for patients to experience events.

To sign up, please get in touch with Victoria Stewart on 0191 445 5711 and leave your email address. The team delivering this event will then arrange for an invite to be sent to you, which will include further instructions on how to join the meeting on the day - including information on how to install Microsoft Teams.

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