Monthly Archives: August 2017

Mesothelioma Support Group summer outing 2017

The Mesothelioma Support Group is for people who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma. Every year, we run a summer outing.

This year’s outing was a canal boat trip in the beautiful Peak District! Starting and ending at Whaley Bridge, the round trip took just over 2 hours. Those who came enjoyed fantastic views, tasty food, plenty of wine and, most importantly, good company!


Living Well with Mesothelioma Group meetings 2017

Details of the next 6 meetings have now been published.

7 August 2017. No meeting. Group outing—Castlefield Canal Cruise. Please ring us if you are interested in attending.

4 September 2017. “Addressing patient and carer’s needs—it’s good to talk.”

2 October 2017. “A spoonful of sugar”. Julie Whitehead. Macmillan Pharmacist, Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

6 November 2017. “The Role of the Pleural Nurse”. Sue Jackson, Pleural Nurse Practitioner, University Hospital South Manchester.

4 December 2017. “Mindfullness”. Ann Burgoyne. Macmillan Living Well Service Lead Practitioner, Blyth House Hospice, Chapel en le Frith.

8 January 2018 (NO MEETING ON 1 JANUARY). “What services/support are available in your area?” Mairead Dixon. Senior Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist, University Hospital South Manchester.

Please note, we will not be having a meeting on 7 August as this is the date of the group’s summer outing. We will be having lunch and cruising the canals around Manchester on a barge. It is not too late to sign up for this trip if you are interested. Ring us on 0161 636 7555 if you would like to join us.

Phoenix House saved

The campaign to save Phoenix House benefit office in Barrow has been won, at least until 2023! The Government announced that it has withdrawn plans to close down this specialist office and guaranteed it will stay open until at least 2023.

Congratulations to the workers at Phoenix House and their union, PCS, for waging such a good campaign. Well done too to all those support groups and campaigners who added their support. This decision is good news for victims of asbestos diseases who rely on the expertise of the staff in this office to ensure prompt and efficient payment of their benefits.