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The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre is a confidential, free service for anyone affected by cancer, including patients, carers, professionals and the general public.

The service offers the opportunity to talk in confidence about what you are going through in a supportive, private and relaxing environment.

We aim to ensure that everyone affected by cancer has access to relevant information and appropriate support. This includes information and advice about:

  • Emotional support
  • Counselling
  • Support groups
  • Trendco wig service
  • Accessing benefits and financial support or referral to our Macmillan Advice Service
  • Practical support
  • Living with and beyond cancer
  • Caring and supporting somebody affected by cancer
  • Different types of cancer
  • Signs and symptoms and reducing your risk of cancer
  • Treatment and side-effects
  • Complimentary therapies
  • Talking to children
  • Travel and parking

Centre support groups- Gab and Grow, Back 2 U, craft and chat, bereavement support and our walking group.

We also have information at Nightingale Centre, Neil Cliffe centre and Withington Hospital.

Macmillan Welfare Rights

The Macmillan Welfare Rights Service is provided by Manchester City Council funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and supported by MFT. It is available to patients (and their families) who have a cancer diagnosis and a connection to the MFT central site (inpatient or outpatient).

If you are struggling to cope with the financial impact of cancer, we can help with:

  • Checking you are receiving the correct income
  • Applying for social security benefits and tax credits
  • Appealing against benefits decisions
  • Issues with your benefit claims such as overpayments
  • Health costs, such as prescriptions and travel to hospital
  • Accessing charitable grants
  • Applying for housing and council tax benefit
  • Referring on for specialist advice regarding debts and housing issues

The service is free and confidential.

Contact Details

  • Emily Entwistle-0161 291 2165
  • Heather Gourlay -0161 291 4931

How do I access the service?

Anyone can access the service for information and support with any aspect of cancer. You can use our centre to talk to our staff and volunteers about any concerns you may have or access our varied information booklets to take away with you.

We strive to ensure that our service is accessible to all and have wheelchair access and hearing loops installed. We are able to provide translators where required (by appointment only) and stock information in a range of formats.

No appointment is necessary but if you are making a special journey to the centre or need to discuss accessibility requirements, we recommend that you contact us beforehand to ensure that we have adequate staff available.

The centre is open Monday – Friday 9.00am until 4.00pm (excluding bank holidays).

We also offer information and support over the phone and via email.

Telephone: 0161 2914876 (answerphone available out of hours)

Email: macmillan.info@mft.nhs.uk

How to find us

Anyone wishing to contact the centre can do so by dropping-in, telephoning (answerphone outside opening hours) or emailing us. We are open Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Fridays 9am-4.30pm.

Entrance 3, Wythenshawe hospital, Southmoor Road, M23 9LT

We are located opposite Subway at Entrance 3.

Telephone: 0161 291 4876

Email:  macmillan.info@mft.nhs.uk

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