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If you have completed a holistic needs assessment with your cancer nurse specialist you may be familiar with the concerns checklist. If you have any non urgent queries or concerns regarding physical concerns, simply click on the link and you will be redirected to the relevant service or information source. If you have any urgent concerns please contact your cancer nurse specialist in the first instance.


Cynthia Spencer (Exercise and Activity)

03000 271270
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Wellbeing at Cynthia Spencer is a service which aims to enable you and your family to live life to the full while coping with a life limiting illness.

Our objectives are to support you to maintain quality of life, physical function and independence for as long as possible.

Wellbeing at Cynthia Spencer is available to anyone over the age of 18 with a life limiting illness; this can include advanced cancer, rapidly progressive neurological conditions, advanced respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Please contact your GP or CNS for referral to Cynthia Spencer Wellbeing services

Gym Buddies at Cynthia Spencer (Exercise and Activity)

03000 271270

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 A 12-week physiotherapist-led group exercise and activity programme
Wednesday mornings 10:30-12:00, Cynthia Spencer Hospice Therapy Room.

To participate you will need to be able to
- Safely complete seated and/or standing exercises
- Move between exercise stations independently or with minimal assistance

Walk for Wellbeing at Cynthia Spencer (Exercise and Activity

03000 271270

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Walking is a brilliant way of improving or maintaining your fitness, mood and general well-being. Attending a group can help with motivation, build structure in your week and be fun!
The group aims to help you to build your confidence and stamina while enjoying the outdoors.

Every Monday @ 11am
Cynthia Spencer Day Hospice
Walks last between 15 – 60 minutes
After the walk we meet back at the Day Hospice for a cup of tea.
Please discuss with a member of Day Hospice staff if you would like to attend

Seated Tai Chi at Cynthia Spencer (Exercise and Activity) Telephone:
03000 271270
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Tai Chi is a series of slow gentle exercises that require only low to moderate cardiovascular effort. These exercises can be adapted to those who use a wheelchair or have difficulty standing. The session is run by a qualified instructor.

Seated Tai Chi for Health classes will be held in The Wellbeing Centre at Cynthia Spencer Hospice. The programme runs on Tuesdays from 10:30am to 11:30am. Attendees should wear loose fitting comfortable clothes and flat shoes, suitable for exercise.

Northamptonshire Sport (Exercise and Activity) Telephone:
01604 366 976
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Northamptonshire Sport offers a dedicated programme to help with regular physical activity throughout cancer treatment and during recovery.  Activities will be tailored to each person following an assessment and will help to improve physical strength and stamina, reduce the effect of fatigue, improve range of movement and increase energy levels.  The programme has been developed by Northamptonshire Sport in collaboration with the Macmillan Cancer Recovery Package, Public Health Northamptonshire and leisure providers who support the county’s Activity on Referral Scheme.  

Stronglines Physiotherapy (Exercise and Activity) Telephone:
01933 228 520
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Effective application of physiotherapy and strength & conditioning techniques implemented to suit you to get you back to your life as strong as you can be.

Appointments available:
•Monday: 10am – 8pm
•Tuesday: 10am – 8pm
•Wednesday: 9am – 8pm
•Thursday: 10am – 8pm
•Friday: 10am – 5pm
•Saturday: 9am – 12pm

 Trilogy Leisure(Exercise and Activity)

01604 838 333
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Northampton Leisure Trust operates a number of facilities under the Trilogy brand in partnership with Northampton Borough Council and Duston Parish Council to provide active lifestyles in Northampton.

NHS Live Well (Exercise and Activity) Telephone:
Visit Website Physical activity guidelines for adults.
OneYOU (Exercise and Activity) Telephone:
Visit Website Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. One You is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it's moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself – One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life.

Cancer Information Centre (Complementary Therapies)

01604 544211
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Complementary Therapies include:

Reiki Meditation through music Health and Wellbeing events

Contact Wendy Smith for further information.

NGH, Ground Floor, Oncology Centre (Area N)

Dunstone Bennett(Complementary Therapies)

01604 635889
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Aiming to positively support mind & body through the cancer journey, the DB Centre is open to anyone being treated at Northampton General Hospital, aged 18 or over & their loved ones and carers, at any stage of the cancer journey. Therapies we offer include:

• Reiki • Reflexology (Hand & Foot) • Indian Head Massage • Neck, Shoulder & Back Massage • Beauty Therapy (Facials, eyelash/eyebrow tints etc

Additional services offered by the DB Centre are:
• Art Therapy Days
• Counselling
• Camouflage make-up/scar aftercare advice & workshops

Integrated Cancer Therapies(Complementary Therapies)

0800 3166772
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Integrated Cancer Therapies is a registered charity specialising in delivering complementary therapy to people with cancer living in Northamptonshire.

We are a team of fully qualified and insured therapists with over 60 years collective experience in treating cancer patients.

Our service offers a fully supportive programme from the time of initial diagnosis, throughout all orthodox treatments and procedures, including palliative and end-of-life care.

We also offer a drop-in service for more information and all our therapies at

Corby Village Community Hall, 13 High Street, Corby, NN17 1UX

First for Wellbeing (Smoking)

0300 126 5700

Visit Website Public Health Northamptonshire offers:
• A dedicated stop smoking service
• Free clinics offering regular support and motivation from trained advisors and specialists
• Advice on ‘stop smoking’ nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
• A course of Nicotine Replacement Therapy free of charge
• Direct access to clinics – no need for a GP referral
• One-on-one support
• Joint appointments – team up with a partner or friend and stop smoking together
• Telephone appointment clinics
• A range of SmokeFree information booklets, leaflets and information
NHS Smokefree (Smoking) Telephone:
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Free, proven support to help you quit!

Join the millions of people who have used Smokefree support to help them stop smoking. From email and text, to our free app and lots of other support, you can choose what's right for you.

From e-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy to Local Stop Smoking Services – quit for good with the extra support you need.

Boots (Smoking)

0300 126 5700

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NHS Stop Smoking Service

If you're looking to quit smoking, the NHS Stop Smoking Service at selected Boots pharmacies can help.

 NHS (Alcohol or Drugs)

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Search for Drug and alcohol services in Northamptonshire

Substance to Solution (Alcohol or Drugs)

0808 169 8512
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S2S is available to provide support for adults (over 18) with substance misuse issues within the Northamptonshire area.

Dedicated staff are available for anyone requiring support around their recovery. We offer support to the individual in sustaining recovery. Working with the individual, the recovery worker will offer information, advice and guidance, with links to the local community. Groups and activities are also available at S2S to assist service users in their recovery journey as well as links to mutual aid groups and longer term recovery support options.

S2S offers: one to one support, prescribing options, options around home detox or in patient detox, groups - structured and peer led, activities and key work sessions exploring strengths and resources that will support service users to achieve their chosen goals. S2S is available to provide support for adults (over 18) with substance misuse issues within the Northamptonshire area.

How to access our services

STAR We encourage all new clients to call STAR’s confidential and free phone number: 0808 169 8512. STAR is a partnership between drug and alcohol services across Northamptonshire, providing support and advice.

Open access Alternatively we operate an open access service from 10am – 3pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 12pm – 3pm on Wednesday. During these times you can walk into our service to complete a registration with the next available member of staff.

 Bridge Northants (Alcohol or Drugs)


01604 621259

01536 268133

01933 228453

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Bridge is a peer support project which links volunteers who have recovered from alcohol and/or drug misuse with members with serious substance misuse problems. Bridge also provides a range of activities, events and support. There are recovery workers who work with members to sustain their recovery and staff who specialise in advice and guidance on benefits, housing and employment.

Members will have some motivation to control, reduce or cease their drug/alcohol use and benefit from the support and encouragement of volunteers who have direct experience. Volunteers are trained for their role and fill an important and sensitive position.

NHS Eatwell  (Diet and Nutrition)

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The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. Information on Food & Diet, Recipes & Tips & Digestive health.


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Take the first step to healthy eating
Choose one of our simple Fruit & Veg Boost plans and get a free recipe every Friday for 28 days, useful hints and tips, and practical shopping advice. Recipes and dietary advice.

Macmillan Cancer Support  (Diet and Nutrition)

0808 808 00 00
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 It is important to eat healthily and find the right diet for you. Our healthy eating information can help. Information including managing weight gain, preventing weight loss, Balanced diets, eating and socialising.

Made in Corby  (Hobbies) Telephone:
01536 267895

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Made in Corby is a community-led arts programme which produces events and activities designed to surprise, delight and inspire. The programme aims to encourage more people than ever before to take the lead in experiencing, creating and taking part in high-quality arts and cultural activities. Through conversations with local people and community decision-making panels, Made In Corby puts the community at the heart of commissioning artists and producing new and exciting events.

Northamptonshire Age UK  (Hobbies)

01536 524986

01604 611200

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You're never too old to enjoy a favourite hobby, try out a new activity or even set out on the open road! Here, you'll find lots of information to match your interests - from getting a pet to driving in later life.

National Open Garden Scheme  (Hobbies)

01483 213909
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The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

The National Garden Scheme doesn’t just open beautiful gardens for charity – we are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. We fund projects which promote gardens and gardening as therapy, and in 2017, we launched our annual Gardens and Health Week to raise awareness of the topic.

Our annual Gardens and Health Week raises awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of gardens and gardening.

Walking Group with Cynthia Spencer  (Hobbies)

01604 678144
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 Our group takes place every Monday at 11am and starts in the Wellbeing at Cynthia Spencer building at Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

The group aims to help you to:
• Improve or maintain your fitness and activity levels with the support of rehabilitation staff
• Improve or maintain your mood and general well-being
• Increase your confidence in walking outdoors and participating in regular physical activity or community groups
• Give you an opportunity for socialising and friendships
• Have falls prevention, mobility and other relevant advice from therapy team during walk and specific to your individual needs
• Have therapeutic benefit from spending time outdoors and in nature

After the walk we meet back at the Wellbeing Centre for a cup of tea.

There will be two lengths of walk:
• A Park walk for those who already feel quite confident with their walking, or who take part in some regular walks or exercise
• A Garden walk for those who are starting to increase their distance and confidence

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