Our Services A - Z - Lilac Centre
About the service
The Lilac Centre is a haematology and oncology day unit based at St Helens Hospital. The centre operates from Monday to Friday from 08.00am until 5.00pm. We are closed all Bank Holidays.
The Lilac Centre is predominantly a Chemotherapy / Immunotherapy Day Unit, however we also provide treatment/care for those patients that require other intravenous infusions or supportive therapies such as blood and platelet transfusions.
We achieved the Macmillan Cancer Support Quality Environment Mark Award in 2010, 2014 and 2017, the first chemotherapy unit nationally to receive this prestigious award aiming to improve the wellbeing of people living with cancer.
The Lilac Centre offers holistic therapies to support patients and carers; this includes counselling support and complimentary therapies such as reiki, aromatherapy, reflexology and hot stone therapy.
The Lilac Centre and Ward 2A at Whiston Hospital provide a 24-hour advice line for patients. We have a policy which encourages patients to phone if they are experiencing problems related to their chemotherapy treatment, on 01744 646170. Out of hours contact numbers will be given to you on your first visit to the Lilac Centre. If you are unwell out of hours you may be advised to attend A&E (please take your Chemotherapy Alert card).
- About the Team
Clinical Director / Lead Haematology Consultant - Dr Toby Nicholson
Macmillan Consultant in Medical Oncology - Dr Ernie Marshall
Cancer Lead Nurse - Diane Dearden
Chemotherapy Lead Nurse - Wendy Ebbrell
Lilac Centre Manager - David Keegan
- Lindsey Ditchfield
- Louise Dutton
- Victoria Gallagher
- Hannah Coughlin
Counsellor and Complementary Therapy Co-ordinators
- Shirley Deveney
- Gill Levey
St Helens – Lower Ground Floor, Purple Zone
- Contact Details
Reception Tel: 01744 646 166
Nurse station Tel: 01744 646169/6170
Haematology Patients - Out of hours 5.00pm – 09.00am (Weekends & Bank holidays)
Ward 2A Tel: 0151 430 1560
Oncology Patients - Out of hours 5.00pm to 09.00am (Weekends & Bank holidays)
Clatterbridge Tel: 0800 169 5555
Lilac Centre Counselling Service Tel: 01744 646173
Haematology Ward 2A Whiston Hospital Tel: 0151 430 1560
Acute Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist Tel: 01744 646794
Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist Tel: 01744 646796 or 01744 646789
Macmillan Cancer Information Centre at St Helens Hospital Tel: 01744 647000
The Lilac Centre has a number of volunteers who help; providing an exceptional service to both patients and support to staff. This includes helping with day to day activities on the Lilac Centre and also providing some of our complementary therapies. They are all exceptional and extremely appreciated.
- Relevant Leaflets/Documents/Links
Breast Cancer Care
Tel: 020 7960 3400
Information and services:
Tel: 0345 077 1895
St Helens Cancer Support Group
93 Corporation Street, St Helens WA10 1SX.
Tel: 01744 21831
Lyndale Knowsley Cancer Support Centre
40 Huyton Lane, Huyton, Liverpool L36 7XG.
Tel: 0151 489 3538
St Helens Central Carers Support Group
31-35 Baldwin Street, St Helens WA10 2RS.
Tel: 01744 675615
Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support
Tel: 0151 423 5730/0151 424 8989
DSS Benefits Enquiry Line
Tel: 08457 123456
Title - My Medical Record (MMR)Description - Have your opportunity to enhance your quality of care. Are you under the care of the St Helens Skin Cancer Team? In addition to regular face to face follow up appointments, you may also be eligible for access to an online patient portal called My Medical Record (MMR).
Title - Suspected Primary Brain TumoursDescription - You have been given this leaflet following a scan which has shown an abnormality in your brain which may be a brain tumour. This leaflet is to help you understand what is happening. It explores how you may feel, what will happen next and who to contact if you are worried. In this leaflet we will try to answer some of the practical questions that you may have in terms of next steps and potential treatment options.You have been given this leaflet following a scan which has shown an abnormality in your brain which may be a secondary brain tumour. This leaflet is to help you understand what is happening. It explores how you may feel, what will happen next and who to contact if you are worried. In this leaflet we will try to answer some of the practical questions that you may have in terms of next steps and potential treatment options.This booklet explains the services provided by our two professional hairdressers/wig technicians at The Cutting Room. The Cutting Room is a private, fully equipped salon, which is based at the Lilac Centre at St Helens Hospital.
- Patient Information Leaflets
This factsheet is for people who are planning to have reflexology or who would like information about it. Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on applying pressure to the feet and hands using specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil, cream or lotion.
Title - Therapy Aftercare AdviceDescription - Complimentary therapy treatments such as aromatherapy should be a wonderful experience, and may help to improve health and well-being. The treatments encourage the elimination of waste products from the body, and may help to balance body energy. Clients should take note of the following...
- Relaxation Techniques - Audio Tracks
Please use the links below to listen to our relaxation tracks:
Page last updated on 01st June 2022