Daffodil centre offers fresh approach to cancer care

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

At the opening of the daffodil centre were John McCormack, CEO Irish Cancer Society,  Ger Loughnane who officially opened the centre, with daffodil centre volunteers, UHL staff and Prof Rajnish Gupta, director of Cancer Services, fourth from right. Picture: Press 22
A POWERFUL resource offering advice, information and support to people in times of great need has been launched at University Hospital Limerick.

A POWERFUL resource offering advice, information and support to people in times of great need has been launched at University Hospital Limerick.

The Irish Cancer Society launched its daffodil centre with the help of hurling expert and RTE pundit Ger Loughnane.

The daffodil entre, which is run by an Irish Cancer Society cancer information service nurse and 17 trained volunteers, is an information service on-site in the hospital, where people affected by or concerned about cancer can receive information and support.

The daffodil centre is the result of a successful partnership between the Irish Cancer Society and University Hospital Limerick. The construction of the centre was made possible with support from the 2010 JP McManus Pro Am.

Josephine Hynes, group director HR of University of Limerick Hospitals welcomed the opportunity to work with the Irish Cancer Society to host a daffodil centre “and we share their vision to transform the patient experience in relation to cancer information and support.”

The daffodil centres are part of the society’s Cancer Information Service (CIS) which offers advice, information and support to anyone worried about any aspect of cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care.

This service incorporates the National Cancer Helpline (Freefone 1800 200 700: open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 7pm and Friday 9am to 5pm), email, and a walk-in caller service.

To get involved in Daffodil Day on Friday March 27 see wwww.cancer.ie for details.