Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust (SFT) has created a new website and Facebook page to support cancer patients and their families, and provide resources to raise awareness of different cancers.

SFT provides cancer services for a population of 225,000 across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire. In order to improve information for the community, they are undergoing a project to improve the resources on offer.

This project includes updating information available on the hospital website, as well as the launch of a new “cancer care” page available on Facebook.

The Facebook page can be found here, and the new web area can be found on the Salisbury Hospital website.

Previously, cancer information on the hospital website was very limited. However, a new ‘Cancer Services’ section on the website is currently in development, with new pages providing information for cancer patients, their families and carers – as well as cancer specific pages on breast, lung, skin, bowel, myeloma cancers.

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The pages will offer information on symptoms and procedures, resources and guidance.

Development of these webpages are ongoing and are not yet complete, however the team hopes the information for all other specific cancers will be finalised over the coming months.

Salisbury Journal: Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust launch "cancer care" information pages

Likewise, the Facebook page will promote information resources, support networks and activities which are available in the local area, to support people living with and beyond cancer, their families and carers.

Recent information which has been posted on the Facebook page, has included promotion of: free local leisure centre passes, which cancer patients may be entitled to; local support groups, activities, and meetings; cancer prevention advice; resources available for children and young people when an adult in their life receives a cancer diagnosis and the promotion of different courses run online or at Salisbury District Hospital, including an anxiety management online webinar and a 6-week wellbeing programme.

They will also promote cancer awareness months, in the hope that raising awareness of symptoms of different cancers, will help the community recognise signs and symptoms of different cancers in order to catch them as early as possible.