Useful organisations, support and activities - London/South East Support groups This is just a selection of support groups that might be relevant to you, find out more at your local hospital patient/cancer information centre.
Aplastic Anaemia Trust
African and African Caribbean Cancer Support group
The Lake Foundation, Church House Business Centre
1 Church Road
Abi Begho on 07440 146 645 (Anytime )
Haematology Support Group – Ealing Ealing Haematology Day Unit, Level 8 South, Ealing Hospital, Uxbridge Road, Southall, London, UB1 3HW
If you would like further information or if you would like to attend, please contact Nerinder Kaur, Clinical Nurse Specialist on 0208 967 5562 or email Nerinder.firstname.lastname@example.org
Leukaemia CARE - West London Haematology Support Group Charing Cross Hospital , Fulham Palace Road , London , London, W6 8RF
For further information contact Leukaemia CARE on freephone 08088 010 444.
Lymphoma Association run support groups in North London, North, West Middlesex, South East London and South West London. Visit www.lymphoma.org.uk for full meeting details
MDS UK King’s College Hospital, Cicely Saunders Institute, Bessemer Road, London, London, SE5 9PJ http://www.mdspatientsupport.org.uk/
Myeloma UK run support groups in Central London and South London London Support Group http://www.myeloma.org.uk/
Support and information centres
Again this is just a few to get you started, most hospitals have patient/cancer information centres who can let you know about local services. These type of centres usually offer psychological support, complementary therapies, benefits advice, information and support free of charge.
Dimbleby Cancer Care Drop-in Centres
http://www.dimblebycancercare.org/services Dimbleby Cancer Care Drop-in Centre – Guy’s Hospital
Tabard Annexe (formerly New Guy’s House) within Clinical Oncology Outpatients
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT
Tel: 020 7188 7188 / 5918
St Thomas’ Hospital
Lower Ground Floor
Lambeth Wing (just outside Clinical Oncology)
St Thomas’ Hospital
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Tel: 020 7188 5918
Paul’s Cancer Support Centre – London SW11
020 7924 3924
Cherry Lodge Cancer Care
23 Union Street
South East Cancer Help Centre (SECHC)
2 Purley Road
CR8 2HA. Nina Guha on 0208 668 0974 (Monday- Friday ) email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.sechc.org.uk
Learn to meditate in half a day
Heruka Centre, 13 Woodstock Rd, Golders Green, NW11 (020 8455 7563 www.meditateinlondon.org.uk) £20, including lunch.
Free/low price complementary therapy
Check your therapist’s qualifications and training and see if they’re registered with Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
London School of Reflexology Reflexology works by applying pressure to reflex points in the feet to remedy blockages in energy flow elsewhere in the body. Cost Between £20 and £30 an hour. London School of Reflexology, Suite 427, 13 Austin Friars, E2 (020 7670 1632/www.learnreflexology.com).
London School of Sports Massage
Though it doesn’t offer a regular low-cost service, exam days for trainees take place every six to eight weeks. Exam candidates will perform a massage free of charge on either the upper or lower body on volunteers. London School of Sports Massage, 28 Station Parade, NW2 (020 8452 8855/www.lssm.com) Willesden Green tube.
The University of Westminster Polyclinic is a teaching and research clinic for complementary medicines and therapies. The teaching clinics provide low-cost access for the general public to treatments in:
Time to chill
When you’re recovering from transplant, it’s a good idea to avoid crowds and you may not feel up to going to busy places for a while, we’ve listed some more quiet places to go in London. These are taken from the book ‘Quiet London’ by Siobhan Wall.
The London Library
15 miles of bookshelves with open access to a million books – anyone can apply for membership.
Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal naval College Park Row, SE10 9LS
A small gallery close the Thames, showing a diverse range of art work, with tranquil lawns outside it’s one of the most beautifully situated galleries in London.
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace
78 Bishopgate EC2N 4AG http://stethelburgas.org
This small 700-year old church has been transformed into a centre for peace, reconciliation and meditation. Plus visitors can enter a Middle Eastern Bedouin tent made of woven goat’s hair – a special place for anyone seeking quiet contemplation!