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Free benefits advice service launched for cancer patients in Lichfield and Burntwood

A new free benefits advice service aimed at helping cancer patients in Lichfield and Burntwood has been launched.

Sandra Rigby, Welfare Benefits Officer, Dee Meredith, Benefits Caseworker, Chris Corden, Senior Welfare Officer and Jo Dexter, Macmillan Cancer Information Support Facilitator at Queen’s Hospital Burton

Sandra Rigby, Welfare Benefits Officer, Dee Meredith, Benefits Caseworker, Chris Corden, Senior Welfare Officer and Jo Dexter, Macmillan Cancer Information Support Facilitator at Queen’s Hospital Burton

Based at Queen’s Hospital Burton, the initiative has been started by Macmillan Cancer Support and Disability Solutions and will see a specialist adviser based in the Oncology Department every Monday from 10am.

Patients and their carers will be able to get advice on issues such as entitlement to welfare benefits and independent living.

Queen’s Macmillan Welfare Benefits Officer Sandra Rigby said: “Our aim is to help as many people as possible with this service.

“It can be incredibly difficult for people to negotiate their way round the welfare benefits system and for people with a cancer diagnosis, it comes on top of everything else, at a time when they are feeling very vulnerable and worried.

“We try to take some of that burden away for them and their families by offering the best advice and support we can.”

If patients or carers would like to make an appointment for the Queen’s Hospital Burton welfare benefits clinic, they can ask any member of the cancer nursing team. The direct line for the Macmillan information centre at Queen’s is 01283 593186.

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