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Prostate cancer drop-in event announced for April in Ifield

1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime, but men are notoriously reluctant to visit a doctor or to talk about health concerns.

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If you would like more information about prostate cancer, the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is holding a drop-in event at the Pelham Buckle pub/café, 216 Ifield Drive, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0DQ on Thursday 25th April 6.30 – 8.30pm.

The event is open to all and members of the prostate cancer support group will be there to meet and talk with those who have just been diagnosed, those going through treatment and beyond.

Partners are also welcome to come along to a very relaxed information session which is not in a hospital or other medical setting.

The Olive Tree’s prostate cancer support group meets at the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre in the grounds of Crawley Hospital on the 4th Thursday of every month.  

Please call the Olive Tree on 01293 534465 if you would like to come along. To find out more about prostate cancer including risk factors, treatments and much more please visit the Prostate Cancer UK website.

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Local volunteers drive GPs to essential home visits in Crawley

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Image: Dr Phoebe Danes and volunteer Chris Ball.

Local volunteers have stepped up to help drive clinicians to home visits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative was launched by local GP federation Alliance for Better Care, who have rented black cabs to provide essential transport for clinicians attending patients’ homes. 

The taxis, which have been adapted to make them easier to clean, are driven by volunteer drivers who have come forward via various community Facebook groups.

Thanks to the layout of the cab, drivers are completely separated from the clinician who is also afforded extra space in the cab to put on PPE and write up notes. 

Matt Cullis, practice manager at Leacroft Medical Practice said:

“Our surgery is still open to treat patients, however, home visits have become particularly important for those who are shielding and not wanting to leave their homes. This service saves us time and allows our doctors to travel to appointments in an environment that can be easily cleaned and has room to put on PPE.”

Alliance for Better Care is the GP federation for Crawley, Horsham, Mid-Sussex and East Surrey and so far the project has been rolled out at Leacroft Surgery in Crawley and throughout Burgess Hill, with plans to extend it to East Grinstead and Horley in the coming weeks.

Katherine Saunders, ABC chief executive said:

“We have been overwhelmed with the number of volunteers who have come forward and we’d like to thank them all for offering to support this service. We are, of course, committed to protecting both our volunteers and our clinicians. We insure drivers and carry out all necessary checks while also providing PPE. This is a valuable resource for our clinicians, and increases our capacity to reach more patients.”

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