In order to support people with a cancer diagnosis, we are developing a list of useful resources and local information for patients to use.  For a helpful listing of Cancer Care Contacts click HERE.

Please speak to our Cancer Care Co-ordinator, Claire Taylor, via your surgery, if you need further support, or email her at:

Please note, Claire works on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Urgent medical queries should be sent to either your hospital Consultant or one of the clinical team at your registered practice.



Cancer Care Map is a website that signposts anyone living with or affected by cancer in the UK to local and national care and support services. It is run by the Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund and was developed by people living with cancer, their loved ones and healthcare staff. Please click HERE to see what's available in your area.



For a list of local Cancer Support agencies click HERE



WHAT'S ON at the FERN CENTRE - March 2024 edition, for useful information and contacts, support for carers and agency offers etc.

WHAT MATTERS NEWSLETTER - Winter/Spring 2024 edition, for those planning for end of life. Information from Cornwall Hospice Care. 




BUDE CANCER SUPPORT CANCER CAFE at The Parkhouse Centre, Bude - and at other Bude venues depending on workshop.

Macmillan Cancer Support in association with Age UK Cornwall and IoS, and Coast & County PCN, are proud to support the drop-in Cancer Cafe. This is a peer support group for anyone affected by cancer who lives in and around the Bude-Stratton area, including Holsworthy. It's a safe place to meet other people in a similar situation: time to talk, have some tea and cake, join in activities if you wish, pick up some information. Every 2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 1.30-3.30pm. 

There are also a variety of bookable workshops on offer every month at local venues organised by Bude Cancer Support.  Please check their Facebook page or Instagram posts for up-to-date workshops and activities

HOLSWORTHY HOSPITAL MONTHLY HUB at Holsworthy Hospital, Dobles Lane, Holsworthy.

Multi-agency support hub available to anyone living with and beyond cancer at Holsworthy Hospital, starting November 2023. Agencies involved include the Fern Centre, Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon Carers, 361Energy, Holsworthy Day Companions, TTVS and CAB.

Contact Holly or Tara on 01271 311855 for more details.

Dates: 8th November, 6th December 2023, 10th January, 14th February, 13th March, 10th April 2024.



The Mustard Tree (Derriford Hospital): Telephone 01752 430060 

The Seamoor Unit and The Fern Centre (North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple): Seamoor Unit Telephone 01271 311579, Out of hours 01271 322577 Bleep 500;    The Fern Centre Telephone 01271 311855

Force Cancer Support (Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital): Telephone 01392 406151

The Cove (Treliske Hospital, Truro): Telephone 01872 256373

Living Life Alongside & Beyond Cancer Group based at The Cove, Treliske Hospital, Truro. For next meeting information call 01872 256363





For a list of on-line workshops focussed on looking good and feeling better, to boost wellbeing and confidence, click HERE Topics covered include: chair yoga, skin & make-up, hair, hands and nail care, meditation and breathwork and grooming. The workshops are open to men and women.



Free online wellbeing support programmes for anyone living with or affected by cancer.

Tel: 0303 3000 118 or go online for programme details and welcome sessions HERE



For a collection of delicious budget-friendly recipes created for those experiencing changes to taste and smell as a result of cancer go to:



Macmillan Support line (8am-8pm every day) Telephone 0808 808 0000 - for practical, emotional and financial advice and support

Macmillan Citizens' Advice Cornwall: Telephone 01872 256373

Macmillan Citizens' Advice Devon: Telephone 0845 894 9567

For CAB Macmillan Benefits Information to support anyone with a terminal diagnosis please click HERE

The Department of Work and Pensions Special Rules provide people nearing the end of life with faster and easier access to certain benefits. Individuals who are likely to have less than 12 months to live can now claim several benefits through these Special Rules. To view a subtitled video about the special rules see below.

For downloadable information from CAB regarding financial help for people with a terminal illness please click HERE


Run by Cancer Support UK, these groups focus on support after treatment. They are available to anyone aged 18 or over, who has completed their physical cancer treatment and is experiencing low mood, anxiety and worry, and doesn’t know how to move forward in their recovery. The  groups are suitable for people who have previously had a stage 1-3 diagnosis.

For more information go to:

Tel: 020 3983 7616


Parenting is hard. Having cancer is hard. It doesn’t matter what your family looks like, or if you’re just diagnosed, in treatment, living with, or now cancer free, this organisation aims to help you navigate family life and the challenges parenting throws at you. Good website, with coaching courses empowering and supporting parents at a tough time.





Ovarian Cancer: information from OVARIAN CANCER ACTION

Lung Cancer: information from ROY CASTLE LUNG CANCER FOUNDATION

Breast Cancer: information from BREAST CANCER NOW

Bowel Cancer: information from BOWEL CANCER UK

Oesophageal Cancer: information from GUTS UK

Cervical Cancer: information from JO's CERVICAL CANCER TRUST

Bladder Cancer: information from ACTION BLADDER CANCER UK

Pancreatic Cancer: information from PANCREATIC CANCER UK

Sarcoma: information from SARCOMA UK

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