CLAN cancer support centres in the North-east are back open
CLAN Cancer Support Centres in the North-east reopened their doors this week to cancer patients and their families requiring much needed face-to-face support following a year of lockdown restrictions and delays to diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
The charity’s support centres, including those in Aberdeen, Inverurie and Crimond, have reopened on an appointment-only basis and clients are encouraged to contact their local centre or book online.
All appointments are fully compliant with social distancing and following rigorous risk assessments, measures have been put in place in all CLAN centres to ensure the safety of clients and staff.
Initially, CLAN is offering a listening and emotional support service for adults, and the Children and Families Service is available to support children and families affected by a cancer diagnosis. Peer to peer support through a ‘walk and talk’ service is also available at several of CLAN’s centres.
Clients will be asked questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms when booking an appointment and on arriving at Clan’s centres to use a track and trace system. The charity will also provide appropriate PPE to those entering the centre.
Dr Colette Backwell, CLAN's chief executive, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming clients back through the doors of our centres. Cancer patients have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic with delays to diagnosis and treatment and the need to shield.
"It has been an incredibly challenging time for people affected by cancer, whether it be the stress of the diagnosis or having to shield over the last few months. That is why we have been striving to get our centres back open as soon as it was safe to do so, while continuing to provide telephone and online support for those who prefer it.
"Face-to-face contact has always been at the heart of CLAN's support model, and in these challenging times it is more important than ever for us to be here for people, and their loved ones, facing a cancer diagnosis."
CLAN is encouraging anyone facing a cancer diagnosis to book an appointment with its support team by visiting www.clancancersupport.org, emailing [email protected] or by calling on 01224 647000.