Macmillan Rehabilitation and Support Team

What is this service?

If you’re looking for support during or after a cancer diagnosis we’re here to help you navigate your way through – what sometimes feels like a confusing world – to access a wealth of local health and social services.

Our Macmillan Rehabilitation and Support team is run in partnership with local healthcare organisations and Macmillan. It’s delivered across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire – and covers all cancer diagnoses.

Please note: full service will commence in Bristol on 01 November. Our South Gloucestershire and North Somerset service will commence March 2019. However, referrals will be accepted now for all areas.

What does this service offer?

The story of cancer is changing. People with cancer are living longer after their diagnosis than they did 40 years ago. Cancer is increasingly about living with cancer, and there are many people experiencing issues that require support several years after an initial diagnosis and treatment.

We offer a range of services, including:

  • A full assessment of your needs – physical, emotional, social and functional (daily living activities such as washing, dressing, cooking, shopping, working and accessing community services etc)
  • One-to-one support in your home
  • Access to a numerous health and wellbeing events and support groups.

You might be looking for support to manage fatigue, your home, return to work, improve low mood and/or address physical changes. Whatever it is, we’re here to help.

What do patients say about this service?

‘They’ve been there every step of the way. The team calls just to see how I’m doing and I know that I can get in touch whenever I need help.

Talking to others in the same situation made me realise I wasn’t alone. Now I feel more confident to talk about how I’m feeling.

I know that there are good people in my city who care about me.’ Saad

Who is the service for?

This service is for anyone looking for support during or after a cancer diagnosis. You must be:

  • over 18 years of age
  • registered with a GP practice in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
  • consenting to a referral
  • not deemed as end stage, requiring palliative care, or have a prognosis of less than 6 months.

If you need more information about palliative care, click here.

How can I access this service?

If you’re a GP or healthcare professional and want to refer a patient who meets the criteria above download a referral form and email to bch.macmillansupport@nhs.net

You can refer yourself or for someone else over the phone by calling 07920 833 641 or by emailing bch.macmillansupport@nhs.net

If you want to find out more about cancer, its side effects and issues that can arise during remission, visit Cancer Research UK, Macmillan or the NHS website.

Tell us what you think

Bristol Community Health would like to learn from your experience of this service. Your comments and suggestions will help us see what we are doing well and what we could improve. To give feedback please click here.

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