Shadow Health Secretary visits local Macmillan Wellbeing Centre

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham MP paid a visit to Trafford’s Macmillan Wellbeing Centre to learn more about the psychological and emotional support available to local residents with a life-limiting illness.

During the tour, Mr Burnham had the chance to chat with people who have used the service and the volunteers and staff who work alongside them. He also met members of a self-help group and listened to the centre’s choir, The Melody Macs, in rehearsal.

Macmillan Wellbeing Centre, which is run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, works in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and blueSCI, a local third sector organisation, to provide support to people diagnosed with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses, and to those trying to get back on track following an illness or bereavement.

People can access support by contacting the centre themselves, or by being referred by a GP or support worker. Pauline West, Centre Manager, gave the guided tour to Mr Burnham, who was joined by Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston.

Mr Burnham said that the centre was “ground breaking” in its approach to providing whole person care, looking after all elements of a person’s physical, social and wellbeing needs.

He said “the support provided at the centre makes a huge difference to people’s lives” and helps people to cope when they are faced with cancer.

Pauline said: “When someone is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, it is vital they receive the emotional and psychological support to help them through what can be a very distressing time.

“At the Macmillan Wellbeing Centre, we adopt a whole person care approach to treatment which has resulted in us developing a plan to work closely with local GPs to ensure people are aware of the centre. This aim is to make sure that from the point of diagnosis, patients receive the emotional support they need as well as the care for the physical symptoms.

“It was fantastic to have the opportunity to share with Mr Burnham our experience of supporting people to develop positive health and wellbeing and helping them to feel resourceful and resilient when managing physical illness.”

For more information, please visit http://www.macmillancentretrafford.org or call 0161 746 2080.