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Programme to lift spirits of patients
12:00pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
Cancer patients at Salisbury District Hospital can take part in a new physical activity programme.
Clinical psychologists and gym staff at the hospital have developed a programme of activities, information and shared support for cancer patients designed to help lift spirits and aid recovery.
The eight-week group programme is funded for the next 18 months by Macmillan Cancer Support and combines educational talks with tailored exercise sessions. It is open to patients being treated at Salisbury District Hospital or who completed treatment in the last year.
Dr Kate Jenkins, clinical psychologist, said: “A cancer diagnosis may lead to worries that can impact on people’s day-to-day lives. Research has shown that physical activity can have a beneficial impact on people, taking their mind off the condition and worries, helping with recovery. It can also help prevent cancer reccurring.”
Nici Bauckham, Macmillan development manager for the area, said: “Macmillan’s Move More report in 2011 identified astonishing figures showing how physical activity can help with side effects such as fatigue and depression.
“It’s fantastic that people can now access a cancer specific health and wellbeing programme with a team of experts to support them every step of the way.”
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