The Cove is a purpose-built Macmillan Cancer Support Centre, run by the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, offering a wide range of information and support services for all those living with or affected by cancer. It provides comfortable spaces for patients and their families to take time out, a friendly café for a drink and a chat, and private rooms for quiet space.
Visitors can access a hair loss service, benefits advice, counselling, psychology, dietetic drop–ins, a specific room and facilities for Teenagers and Young Adults, Look Good Feel Better, health and wellbeing events, as well as professional advice and support. It is also regularly used by many local cancer support groups and for educational forums.
Emma Webb, 44, from Truro was one of the first people to access the Cove. She said;
‘Having had treatment for ovarian cancer earlier in the year, the centre opened just after I had received the all clear. It was such an emotional time and I went straight there with my partner. The support was amazing. I was able to let everything out – anger, frustration, relief, anxiety. I just talked it all through. Dealing with cancer is just as much about emotion and feelings as it is with the medical side of things and the Cove is such a haven, a safe place to be where there is information, support and space to sit and talk or sit and be quiet. I know that I can go there whenever I want and the staff and volunteers will be there for me.’
Kathryn Radcliffe, Centre Manager of The Cove Macmillan Support Centre, is delighted that so many people have already been helped. She said; ‘For a long time Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been without a designated cancer information and support centre, and the numbers we’ve seen in the first six months of service really highlight the need.
‘Whether people need someone to talk to, access to specialist services, or simply somewhere quiet and private, the Cove is a vital source of support. The centre is making a real difference to people’s lives, and with continued support from the local community that number of people we are reaching can only grow.’
The Cove Macmillan support centre is open and fully operational at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm. The team can be contacted on 01872 256363 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
An official opening ceremony and celebration is planned for later in the year.
No one in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly should face cancer alone. For support, information or if you have any questions, call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk.