Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre

The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre (SROMC) provides high quality cancer treatments and health and wellbeing services. It offers support for people affected by a cancer diagnosis in the Harrogate and rural district community, as well as some patients from the north Leeds area.

The state of the art clinical unit provides day-case cancer treatments including chemotherapy, alongside supportive care and complementary therapies, to ensure we deliver a truly holistic and therapeutic service.

SROMC Main Reception 01423 557300

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Services and treatments

We provide fully integrated chemotherapy and supportive care treatments for a range of adult cancers. New and follow-up oncology outpatient clinics are held at the centre, as well as haematology outpatient and day-case services. In addition to this, we offer a blood test service, peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) service and a service for patients diagnosed with a cancer of an unknown primary cause.

Our Macmillan Cancer Information Support Service offers a range of free and confidential health and wellbeing services to support patients and carers at each stage of their cancer diagnosis. The service can be accessed by telephone on 01423 557317 or by email at cancerinformation@hdft.nhs.uk.

In addition, we offer the following services:

Macmillan dietitian service

Our Macmillan dietitian has close links with local cancer support groups and regularly speaks at their meetings, as well as providing advice on all aspects of diet and cancer to patients attending the centre.

The Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Harrogate District Hospital works closely with the Catering Service to oversee the meal and beverage service to the SROMC. The dietitians ensure that individual dietary requirements can be met and provide training on nutrition-related issues.

If you would like to see a dietitian please telephone 01423 553329, ask the healthcare professional looking after you in hospital or speak to your GP.

Macmillan Welfare & Benefits Service

Our Macmillan welfare and benefits adviser offers advice and information for both patients and carers on all aspects of financial support. The service aims to help you:

  • Apply for and complete benefit forms
  • Find local support agencies offering financial help
  • Access financial grants and other means of support
  • Appeal claims that have been declined
  • Maximise existing personal income
  • Reduce expenditure.
  • Signposting to other areas of advice and support e.g. work related issues, pension enquiries, debt advice and mortgage assistance.

This free and confidential service is available Monday-Thursday, 9.30am-4.30pm, and is accessible by appointment, telephone, or home visit.

For more information please call 01423 557318 or email benefitsadvice@hdft.nhs.uk.

Complementary therapy treatments

Complementary therapies can help specific physical conditions and emotional issues, and may relieve some side effects of treatments. Complementary therapies are used alongside conventional medical treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or hormonal treatments. For this reason, they differ from ‘alternative’ treatments, which are used instead of conventional medical treatments.

Our complementary therapies are provided by fully qualified complementary therapists in our tranquil therapy room and on the chemotherapy unit.

A referral from a healthcare professional involved in your care is required to access a course of complementary therapy treatment. Each session includes a full consultation with our therapist to ensure the most appropriate therapy for you. The treatments offered are:

  • The Bowen Technique: gentle pressure applied to precise points on the body
  • Daoyin Tao: a Chinese face, neck, scalp, and shoulder massage
  • Reflexology: gentle pressure applied to reflex points on the hands or feet
  • Reiki: a gentle, supportive treatment channelling ‘Chi’ energy to restore wellbeing
  • Therapeutic massage: deep, relaxing touch therapy with oils.

Volunteer complementary therapists also offer some shorter ad hoc treatments for patients whilst they receive their cancer treatment on the chemotherapy unit. Please inform the nurse looking after you if are interested in this during your visit.

The service is available Monday-Thursday between 9.30am-4.30pm. Referrals are required from healthcare professionals. All treatments are offered free of charge. The service is funded by public donations.

For more information, please call 01423 557317 or email cancerinformation@hdft.nhs.uk

Hair loss support service

This service is available to all patients who are experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment. It includes:

  • A wig fitting service accessible by referral from your clinical nurse specialist of health care professional involved in you care
  • A range of scarves and stylish headwear (SASH) including turbans, sleep caps, hats and scarves are available to purchase from the cancer information and support service.
  • Consultations are available with a qualified hairdresser for advice when your hair begins to grow back after your cancer treatment is completed.

For more information, please call 01423 557317 or email cancerinformation@hdft.nhs.uk.

Boots No7 ‘Feel More Like You’

This is a programme of four beauty therapy sessions held on the first Tuesday of each month, 1-3pm in the Ripley room. The sessions provide advice on managing the effects of cancer treatments and focus on areas of skincare, eye makeup, nail care and general beauty advice. They are run in conjunction with Boots No’7 Macmillan Beauticians.

To book a place, please call 01423 55 7317 or email cancerinformation@hdft.nhs.uk

Contact details

The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre is open Monday–Friday, 8am-6pm (excluding bank holidays). Referral to the Centre is by consultant or GP.

Contact:  SROMC Main Reception 01423 557300

The Chemotherapy Unit 01423 557301

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service 01423 557317 or email cancerinformation@hdft.nhs.uk

Dying Matters

Dying Matters Week 2017 took place between 8-14 May. Many services in the Trust got involved to raise awareness of dying, death and bereavement.

This insightful short clip, features Noreen Hawkshaw, Lead Nurse for Cancer and End of Life Care at the Trust, and introduces a series of other short videos relevant to the topic.

The collection of videos can be found by clicking here.

Location

The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre is located on the Harrogate District Hospital site:
1 Willaston Crescent
Harrogate
HG2 7SX

Key staff

Macmillan Lead Nurse for Cancer and End of Life Care:  Noreen Hawksworth

Macmillan Patient Information and Health and Wellbeing Manager: Sarah Grant

Unit Manager: Brenda McKenzie

Macmillan Welfare and Benefits Adviser: Phil Bremner

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