Irish Cancer Society plan support centre at Limerick Regional Hospital

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

THE Irish Cancer Society is to build a ‘Daffodil’ support centre at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.

THE Irish Cancer Society is to build a ‘Daffodil’ support centre at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.

The charity has applied to Limerick County Council for planning permission to extend the ground floor to provide for an information centre providing cancer information, support and advice.

It will consist of a social area to browse information, as well as a separate private office for confidential consultations with a cancer support nurse, according to the application at County Hall.

There are currently seven such centres in operation nationally, following a €3.6m investment by the charity.

The centre will be staffed entirely by specialist cancer nurses, supported by trained volunteers.

It will offer advice, information and support to all of those concerned about cancer.

The first centre opened in Galway University Hospital in July 2009.

Local Fine Gael councillor Richard Butler welcomed the plan.

“Any advance of medical services at the regional hospital has to be welcomed and fully supported. If there is anything I can do as a councillor to ensure this plan gets a smooth passage through the council, I will,” he said.

County planners are to decide on the application by June.