The need

10,000 new cancer diagnoses a year

Every year 10,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the central south coast area of England, and by 2020 one in every two people will experience cancer in their lifetime.  

As one of only 12 regional cancer centres and amongst the largest of the university hospitals in the UK, the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust provides a broad range of clinical services.  Due to its clinical and research expertise and facilities on site, the Trust offers specialist services – including oncology, haematology and immunology – to over 3.7 million people from a wide geographical area, including Dorset, the Channel Islands, south Wiltshire and West Sussex, and nationally.

As the number of people being diagnosed and living with cancer continues to rise, so the demand for support increases, putting massive pressure on NHS resources. University Hospital Southampton - rated as ‘Excellent’ for patient care by the Care Quality Commission - views Maggie’s bespoke programme of support as a missing element of the cancer services it wishes patients to be offered at the regional centre of clinical and research expertise. 

 

Maggie’s will be an important addition to the excellent cancer care already provided at Southampton. We are delighted to be working together to ensure that our patients and their families have the comprehensive support they need to find their way through a cancer diagnosis, its treatment and beyond.

 

Fiona Dalton, Chief Executive, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

 

We expect that Maggie’s for the South will receive more than 20,000 visits each year.

The support Maggie’s will provide

Each of our 21 Centres across the UK is built on the grounds of a specialist NHS cancer hospital at the invitation of the local Trust.

Situated close to the oncology wards at Southampton General Hospital, Maggie’s for the South will be a warm and welcoming place, where people with cancer can explore tough questions and difficult emotions, to find a way through and beyond cancer.

With professional staff on hand to offer the support individuals and families need, Maggie’s evidence-based programme –  proven to strengthen physical and emotional wellbeing – will provide help with financial issues,  managing stress and relationships, nutritional and physical self-care, as well as providing information to enable informed decisions to be taken about Maggie’s visitors' own treatment and care.  

 

Cancer hijacks your life and drops you into a situation where you have to learn a new language. Maggie’s teaches you that language, helping you find sense in all the confusion.

 

Rani, visitor to Maggie’s West London

The people who work in our Centres

Centre Head
Our Centre Heads oversee everything that happens in the Centre, supporting visitors, managing the programme of workshops and courses and mentoring staff. Their background is typically as a senior NHS Oncology Nurse, radiographer or Clinical Psychologist.

Psychologist
Our Psychologist supports individuals on a one-to-one basis as well as running timetabled group sessions focusing on specific cancers.

Cancer Support Specialist
Our Cancer Support Specialists are the first people you'll meet when you walk into Maggie's. They are experienced professionals, who gently explore people's needs as they welcome them to the Centre and guide them to the information and support they need. They also run courses and workshops.

Benefits Advisors
Our Benefits Advisors help people to access their full range of entitlements to benefits and grants, as well as supporting them with other welfare issues.

Relaxation therapists
Our relaxation therapists run sessions proven to help with anxiety, stress and pain relief. These include massage therapy, reflexology and meditation.

Sessional Staff
We also have members of staff who come into our Centres to provide sessions on nutrition, art therapy and creative writing.

Community Fundraiser
Our Community Fundraiser is responsible for delivering local and fundraising campaigns to raise awareness of Maggie's among the people who need us and to ensure that the ongoing Centre costs are met.