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New physical activity programme for cancer patients 

Clinical psychologists and gym staff at Salisbury District Hospital have developed a unique programme of physical activities, information and shared support for cancer patients that can help lift their mood and aid their recovery.


The eight week group programme has been funded for the next 18 months by Macmillan Cancer Support and combines educational talks with a range of tailored exercise sessions. It is open to all patients who are currently undergoing treatment at Salisbury District Hospital or who completed their treatment in the last year.

Dr Kate Jenkins, Clinical Psychologist said: “ As well as the obvious stress that patients may experience  following a cancer diagnosis,  this may also lead to other worries that can impact on their day-to-day lives.”

“The programme has been developed to provide a good mix of helpful information and encouragement to take part in gentle exercise and give patients the opportunity to talk, share experiences, fears and worries or just listen.”

“Research has shown that physical activity can have a beneficial impact on people, taking their mind off the condition and worries, helping with their recovery. It can also help prevent cancer reoccurring.”

“Patients can also have additional one-to-one sessions with a gym instructor and exclusive use of the swimming pool and changing rooms at specific times every week.”

Nici Bauckham, Macmillan Development Manager for the area said:  “It’s great to work with partners like Salisbury District Hospital so we can jointly help to reach and improve the lives of more people living with cancer locally.”

“Macmillan’s Move More report in 2011 identified some astonishing figures about how physical activity can help with side effects such as fatigue and depression, and this new programme has already received very positive feedback from those who have completed the first course. It’s fantastic that people in Salisbury can now access a cancer specific health and wellbeing programme, with a team of experts to support them every step of the way.”

Notes to editors:

For more information or if you would like to attend the photo opportunity please contact:

Patrick Butler,
Communications Manager,
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

Tel: 01722 425170

For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, please contact:

Nicola Strong,
Regional Communications Officer,
Macmillan Cancer Support

Tel: 07801 307066.

Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:06 
Printed from Salisbury NHS Foundation Website