A PILOT SCHEME that saw a leading cancer support charity provide a regular support service at a Moray medical practice is to be extended.
CLAN Cancer Support has been providing a free support and information service from the Moray Coast Medical Practice since March – the practice is one of the largest in Moray, supporting patients in Lossiemouth, Hopeman and Burghead.
Volunteers from CLAN work closely with the centre’s medical staff, ensuring that those affected by cancer have access to the full range of free services on offer. The service in Lossiemouth mirrors than offered by the charity in Elgin which has been established since 2013.
Tracy Sellar, CLAN’s Moray area co-ordinator, said: “For the last two years, CLAN’s focus in Moray has been on raising awareness of the work and support the charity provides and our presence in Lossiemouth has been established on the back of how well our support and wellbeing centre within Elgin has grown.
“The Lossiemouth pilot within the Moray Coast Medical Practice was initially planned for three months – but we are delighted that we’re now entering our seventh month within the centre.
“We will continue to monitor uptake over the next few months but the initial feedback on the service from people within Lossiemouth and the surrounding area has been extremely positive.
“We have a strong partnership with the medical staff within the practice – one that I believe is ultimately to the benefit of those affected by cancer within the town and nearby local villages.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the team moving forward as we aim to enhance our cancer support provision within the region.”
Alison Frankland, the Moray Coast Medical Practice manager, agreed adding: “Having CLAN based in the building is a fantastic local resource for the practice population and their families and feedback about the service has been great.”
For further information about CLAN Cancer Support in Moray please call 01343 544132 or visit www.clanhouse.org