The Macmillan Counselling Service offers specialist counselling at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital to individuals affected by cancer.
This includes patients with any type of cancer at any stage of treatment and their families and carers.
Talking with a counsellor in confidence can provide the opportunity to explore your feelings and help make more sense of what you are going through.
Feeling less isolated, knowing that you matter and are listened to can help prevent or eliminate the bottled up feelings that can lead to ill health or distress.
The Macmillan Counselling Service, which is for people aged 18 and over, is a collaborative service between St Helena Hospice, Colchester; Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust; North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Referrals to the new service can be made by specialist cancer doctors and nurses at Colchester Hospital Trust and its palliative care team, GPs, district nurses and St Helena Hospice. Patients and carers can also refer themselves by calling the Joan Tomkins Centre at the hospice on 01206 848163.
See the Macmillan Counselling Service patient information leaflet.
Macmillan Cancer www.macmillan.org.uk
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