Public invited to first health and wellbeing event

Public invited to first health and wellbeing event

 Local health organisations in West Lancashire are hosting the first joint health and wellbeing event for cancer, respiratory and cardiac patients, and their families.

Taking place on Tuesday 30 May 2-4pm at West Lancs College in Skelmersdale (WN8 6DX), everyone is invited to the free public event being run by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, West Lancashire and Southport & Formby Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Services and NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Focus on the day includes management of fatigue, management of breathlessness, management of stress, importance of nutrition and the benefits of physical activity for people affected by cancer, respiratory and cardiac issues.   Local members of the public interested in health and wellbeing are also welcome.

Caroline Flynn, Macmillan Information & Support Services Manager – West Lancs, said:

“These events have taken place in Southport previously with great success so it is exciting to bring our first to West Lancashire. This event is open to anyone looking for advice but is specifically geared towards those individuals who have undergone or are completing a course of treatment for cancer and/or who have respiratory or cardiac conditions. Our specialists, including cancer nurses from the Trust, available on the day will be able to discuss what information, advice and facilities are available to help people adjust to a life with and beyond these conditions.”

The event will allow individuals to achieve a greater sense of control, feel more confident about their condition and feel equipped to access the information and support they need.

The local iVan will be parked up outside the event from 2-3.30pm with information and advice on cancer and cancer screening, early detection, skin and mole changes, blood pressure checks, general health and lifestyle.

Local voluntary, community and faith groups will also be attending the event, with several stalls people can visit for advice and information.

For information or to book a place contact Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust via

01704 704789 or soh-tr.macmillanwestlancs@nhs.net

The next West Lancs health and wellbeing event will be at Briars Hall Hotel in Ormskirk on Tuesday 12 September 2-4pm. The next Southport event is 20 July at Christ Church in Southport 2-4.30pm