Local people are invited to join a sponsored walk to raise money to support patients who have had colorectal cancer.
Walkers are invited to join the event which has been organised by the Bowel Cancer Patients Support group who meet at the hospital monthly. The event starts at the George Eliot Hospital Training and Education Centre (GETEC) at 10am on Sunday 24th September.
The Bowel Cancer Support group are leading either a short family walk or an extended route for more experienced walkers. Entry fee is £2 on the day.
Colorectal Nurse Specialist, Louise Roberts said: “We would like to invite local people to join our sponsored walk to support our bowel cancer patients.
“This sponsored walk will help our recently established group raise money to support other patients and we are also inviting local people to join us to support a good cause.
“If you can raise sponsorship too that would be a real bonus. Free parking will be available outside our GETEC building”
Anyone who has experienced colorectal cancer are also invited to join the free Bowel Cancer support group, hosted by the team of clinical nurse specialists from the George Eliot Hospital.
The group meet the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6 -8pm in the George Eliot Hospital Training and Education Centre (GETEC).
Patients can share their experiences and offer valuable support to each other.
Topics discussed informally in the group have included the long term effects of surgery, dietary needs following an operation and understanding your cancer diagnosis. Patients have also had the opportunity to discuss the colorectal service and are providing valuable information to help improve the patient experience. The group have already provided the nursing team with valuable information to improve patient information leaflets and advice.”
The support group are also looking at ways to support other patients. The League of Friends have already agreed to help fund the purchase of RADAR keys to provide patients with faster access to toilet facilities (for those patients who may experience increased frequency and urgency after surgery).
Chair of the Patient Group, John Turner said: “"Having been through major surgery for bowel cancer and how well I have coped myself afterwards, I wanted to share my experience and to listen to others who had been through a similar operation and how well they were coping.
“The group has given me the opportunity to see if I could help others who are either going through this recovery process or about to undergo this type of treatment and supporting them by letting them know what to expect."
Patients interested in joining the group or would like more information about the sponsored walk can contact 024 7615 3126 or 0771 772 7572. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Patients are reminded that the support group does not replace their usual appointments.