St Helens and Knowsley Teaching HospitalsNHS Trust

 

New Lilac Centre

CANCER patients are praising the standard of care they receive at the Trust – as the Lilac Centre officially opens in the new St Helens Hospital.

 

The unique unit is the only one of its kind across Cheshire and Merseyside hospitals and offers chemotherapy, cancer therapy and support to patients, along with alternative therapies including massage, yoga and reiki.

The Lilac Centre was previously based at Whiston Hospital but now has an impressive new home in the recently opened St Helens Hospital and cares for 150 patients each week.

Maureen King of Halton View, Widnes, has been attending the Lilac Centre for the last two and a half years after being diagnosed with breast cancer and brain tumours.

Maureen said: “I was devastated when I was diagnosed and found it very upsetting. It was like walking into a dark room and I had no idea what was going to happen.

“Then I came to the Lilac Centre and the support from them has been fantastic. It is a brilliant team. They make you feel really at ease and I look at the staff as friends and know I can telephone them at any time for support.

“I don’t know what I would have done without the Lilac Centre, it would have been horrendous.

“I definitely think other cancer patients would benefit from coming here. I feel very privileged to be able to come to the Lilac Centre and I can’t praise them enough.”

Ann Marr, Chief Executive, said: “The Trust is very proud of the excellent standard of care our patients receive at the Lilac Centre. It is unique in this region and our patients really benefit from the support and care of our dedicated team of staff.”

PICTURE: Patient Maureen King receives a hand massage in the Lilac Centre from therapist Sylvia Ambrose, watched by Lilac Centre Manager, Barbara Jost (centre).