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Kington medical practice drop in cancer support day

Press release – March 2 2017


Kington medical practice drop in cancer support day

People affected by cancer are invited to attend a drop in cancer support day at Kington medical practice on Friday, March 17, from 10am until midday and from 1pm to 3pm.

Information, support, and refreshments will be available on the day for anyone who has a cancer diagnosis, is caring for a friend or relative who has cancer, or has lost a loved one to cancer.

Hosting the event are healthcare professionals from The Bracken Trust Cancer Support Centre and Macmillan cancer information and support service for Herefordshire.

Alison Stemp, Macmillan cancer information and support advisor at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to reach out to the local communities in Kington and the north of Herefordshire. The drop in day will ensure that people affected by cancer have access to the right information and support.

“We’ll be on hand to offer support and information on all aspects of living with cancer and treatments available, diet and nutrition, signposting to local support services and charities, and relaxation groups”.

Helen Davies, senior nurse at The Bracken Trust Cancer Support Centre, added: “We provide high quality support to people who are living with cancer, their families and the bereaved.  This includes free complementary therapies and a plan of support for each individual according to their needs.

“Please come along on Friday, March 17, from 10am until midday and from 1pm to 3pm, to Kington Medical Practice, to find out what we can offer you. No appointment is necessary and you can attend for help, support or simply for a chat and cup of tea”.

To find out more about The Bracken Trust call Helen Davies on 01597 823646 or email

For more information about the Macmillan cancer information and support service in Herefordshire call Alison Stemp on 01432 355444 extension 5459, email or visit (County Hospital, departments, Macmillan Renton Unit).


Notes to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.

For further information please contact:  John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105. 

The above should be viewed in the context of the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which was published in November 2016. It is ‘owned’ by all local health and care organisations working across Herefordshire & Worcestershire, supported by Voluntary Sector representatives.

It’s really early days and at this stage just sets out a direction of travel for the next 4/5 years. We are not consulting on the draft plan, instead through an initiative called Your Conversation we’re having a very early discussion with local people about how this sounds.


There are some STP headline priorities, which are:

  • Doing more to prevent illness and encouraging people to live healthier lives
  • Encouraging people to self-care or self-manage more of the routine aspects of their conditions
  • Improving access to GP appointments
  • Improving our community services which care for people at home, including making better use of technology
  • Changing role for Community Hospitals
  • Easier access to emergency/urgent care
  • Making our acute and specialist services more sustainable

For more info visit

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105


Postal address:

Wye Valley NHS Trust
The County Hospital
Trust Headquarters
Union Walk

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