Maggie's Southampton - Maggie's Centres

Maggie's Southampton

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, Maggie's can help. 

''My patients and their relatives find the Maggie's centre a calm and therapeutic place to go. The staff are welcoming and knowledgeable, and I have been particularly impressed by their ability to adapt to different generations and different patient preferences for support.''
Dr Judith Cave, Medical Oncologist, University Hospital Southampton

Cancer support

Get free one-to-one help and information from our professional team or join groups and activities that are right for you.

A calming space

Come in for a cup of tea, meet people who understand what you're going through or just take a moment to gather your thoughts.

Alongside the hospital

We are next to the blue carpark entrance (off Tremona Road), close to the radiotherapy unit, Compton House.

Welcome to Maggie's Southampton

Cancer support

Whatever kind of cancer, and whatever stage you’re at – we're here with you. Many of our staff are NHS-trained and all our Cancer Support Specialists have expert knowledge about cancer and treatment. 

Our warm and welcoming centre is a place to unwind, a place to find information or switch off from it, a place to talk about cancer or forget about it – just come in. 

Meet the team

What's on: Friday 29 September

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Stories from our centres...

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“I have managed to make something of it” – Lesley on accepting not fighting cancer

Lesley describes how devastating it was to be told at 48 that she may only have a few years left to live.
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Kerry's story – coronavirus left me with difficult decisions

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Alyson's story – it's comforting to know Maggie's is there

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Getting here

Maggie's Southampton

University Hospital Southampton, 101-103 Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6HT

Getting here by:

Enter our postcode SO16 6HT in sat navs and google maps.

The nearest car park is a public Blue car park, the entrance is on Tremona Road.

There is also up to two hours free parking on the side roads around the centre. 

The nearest train stations is Southampton Central.

You can catch a bus from outside the main entrance on Tremona Road, and the centre is a short walk from the bus stop.

More information on public transport options can be found here. 

If you live nearby and are able to, we encourage you to walk or cycle to the centre.

You can use My Journey Southampton to plan your journey.

Designed for you...

Set within the haven of a garden transported from the New Forest into the midst of the hospital’s concrete landscape.


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People with cancer more worried about cost of living than diagnosis

The OnePoll* survey, polled 500 people currently living with cancer.

  • 80% of people with cancer also said they are worried about the cost of travel to their hospital appointments with over a third (34%) saying they worry ‘very much’

  • Over half (55%) of those surveyed also said they think they will struggle to pay for food this winter and two thirds (67%) think heating bills will be a problem. 

At our centres, we are hearing about people with cancer struggling to go to appointments because of travel costs and/or asking if they can end treatment early so they can return to work because they can’t afford to be off any longer.

Cost of living overshadows living with cancer

Our Chief Executive Dame Laura Lee said: It is truly shocking that people living with cancer – which is possibly the hardest, most frightening experience of their lives – are now so worried about money that it is overshadowing the fact they are living with cancer.

Many even feel the current crisis will impact their chances of successful treatment.

The situation is clearly only going to get worse as the cost of fuel, food and heating continue to rise in the autumn. We know people with cancer are harder hit by the cost of living crisis. They need to use more heating, they are living on reduced incomes and paying to travel for treatment.

We also know people are returning to work too early and even missing appointments because they can’t survive on benefits. This too can have devastating consequences.

This is simply wrong. People with cancer need to be able to focus on treatment.

At our 24 UK centres we have experts to help if someone is worried about money as well as professional staff to help with eating well on a budget, stress management and much more. We are here for you.

Yamin's story 

Yasmin, 57, from West London has secondary breast cancer and had to give up working for British Airways – a job she had been in for 20 years due to ill health. 

She is struggling trying to live on benefits and says it’s an experience she has found humiliating. This has been greatly exacerbated by the recent cost of living crisis.

Yasmin said: Physically I am doing ok, the side effects of the drugs I need to take are not too bad, but mentally I have been affected.

Applying for benefits has been humiliating and it was not something I asked for. I never asked for cancer, I never asked to lose my job. Claiming benefits is such an intimidating process. 

I live by myself. My nephew in Canada invited me to stay with him over Christmas in 2021 and paid for my flight. He and his wife wanted to look after me and make sure I would not be alone for Christmas.

It was a very happy time, however, when I came back my PIP claim was rejected by the DWP when they learnt that I had travelled to Canada. They said I could not be that bad because I had managed to get on a plane, and they wouldn’t give me anything. I couldn’t believe I had gone to Canada for support and this was being used against me. It was so humiliating.

Thankfully, Zoe, the benefits adviser at Maggie’s in West London helped me to appeal this decision. I just couldn’t have done it by myself, I was not in my right mind. We actually had to do this twice before I was awarded any money.  

My income is now my PIP and Employment Support Allowance. I am learning to live differently after decades of having a good income. I have a flat in Uxbridge and I have been there for ten years.

When I lost my job, the council began paying my rent to my private landlord. Their rate is lower than what I used to pay (around £800 compared to £1,000). The landlord is not happy about that, so I am just hoping that he won’t kick me out.  

I am living on essentials and never buy clothing. Things are definitely getting worse.

I go to the supermarket at around 6pm to buy the reduced bread, I’ll freeze half because I can’t afford to buy it fresh anymore.

If you could come and see how I live, I don’t think you would believe it. Little things make a really big difference.

Worried about money 

Melanie Bunce, Benefits Advisor for Maggie’s Fife, said: I have been a Benefits Advisor for 25 years and this current situation is the worst I have ever seen.

The fact is that even very ordinary situations are now becoming impossible for people with cancer. 

People who could have managed a year ago are now facing stark choices between eating, heating and travel to hospital appointments – and particularly badly hit are those in low income jobs.

The stories we are hearing in our centres have become so much more desperate in the last six months and it is only going to get worse.


How we can help

We're have expert staff in our centres available to help you. 

Our coverage 

Please see some of the coverage generated on the back of our OnePoll survey looking at how worried people with cancer are about the cost of living crisis. 

We also appeared on Sky News, LBC, STV’s 6 o’clock news and news bulletins running throughout the day on Classic FM, Heart, Capital, Smooth, Radio X and Gold.

*Research used must state as a reference
OnePoll surveyed 500 respondents from across the UK from 22 July 2022 - 1 August 2022. The survey was conducted online using panel members who are credited to participate in surveys. Respondents who are currently living with cancer were targeted using screening questions and profile data in order to ensure the correct demographic was achieved.

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Maggie's Southampton open and supporting people

Like all our centres, the professional team provide help and information and run groups and activities, all designed to make coping with cancer easier.

The centre is open to see people alongside digital support. By appointment or by dropping in if in the hospital anyway. Support by professional staff is available face to face in the centre or by phone, email or online to help people with stress, fear and anxiety as well as money worries and questions about eating well and sleep.

Supporting Alyson

Alyson Lownie has been supported by the centre since March 2021 as she finished her last cycle of chemotherapy for lung cancer. The centre team helped Alyson to not only manage her own cancer but also to come to terms with her youngest son's diagnosis just three months after her own. She visits the centre for information and support and a comfortable and safe place to wait whilst her son undergoes chemotherapy. 

Alyson Lownie said:
To me, Maggie’s is a place where I do not have to filter how I am feeling or the latest news on my treatment. I can speak honestly and not worry about the impact my words will have. Living with cancer is just that, living. It’s not all about treatment, at Maggie’s you’ll find patients and their families sharing stories and information about cancer but also talking about their weekend, signing up for classes, and laughing. If you don’t want to join in then no one will mind, you will be welcomed and left to have a cup of tea, read a book or just gather your thoughts. Maggie’s is an oasis of calm in the turbulence of life with cancer.

Working in partnership with University Hospital Southampton

University Hospital Southampton (UHS) NHS Foundation Trust is the specialist cancer hub for Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands and last year alone, over 22,500 people from these areas received a new cancer diagnosis, highlighting the importance of the new centre which can now provide much needed free support to those living with cancer as well as their family and friends.  The support in the centre complements the treatments received by people of all ages and with any type of cancer, as well as the research taking place at Southampton hospital.

David French, chief executive of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said:
The new Maggie’s is a fantastic facility and is already making a real difference to our patients and their families. The centre provides a breathing space away from the hospital where patients can meet people who understand what they’re going through or just take a quiet moment to reflect. I am delighted that we’re working together to enhance the range of cancer care services on offer in our hospital to support our patients.

Architecture and design

The centre has been designed by AL_A, the award-winning architecture studio founded by RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete with landscaping by Sarah Price.

At Maggie’s we know that great design and architecture can help the people in need of support feel better – and also to help the professional staff to give the best possible cancer support. The new centre is a unique place that fits perfectly into its surroundings – a home from home that’s designed to feel nothing like a hospital.

The centre is a calm, friendly and welcoming place, full of light and warmth. It has a kitchen table at its heart, offers glimpses and views of nature and provides thoughtful spaces to find privacy, as well as places to come together as a group.

Dame Laura Lee, Chief Executive at Maggie’s said:
I am absolutely thrilled with our newest centre designed by Amanda Levete and her team at AL_A. They have interpreted our brief beautifully and their exacting attention to detail has created a stunning building with large windows that flood the centre with natural light. Their play on inside and outside space and the close working relationship with landscaper Sarah Price has created a garden that will give people with cancer and our staff views of greenery on all sides. Intimate rooms allow for privacy whilst the communal spaces bring people together around a kitchen table to share their stories and support one another.

Amanda Levete, Principal of AL_A said:
We have imagined that a piece of garden has been transported from the New Forest into the midst of the hospital’s concrete landscape, bringing serenity and a bit of magic to the place.

Sarah Price said:
In making this garden I wanted to bring nature closer to people. I’ve chosen plants that bring atmosphere throughout the seasons. A closely knitted composition of trees - birch with creamy pink stems, Prunus serrula with shiny cherry-red bark and the aromatic scent of Scots Pine will greet visitors to the centre, transporting them into a beautiful woodland glade.

Get in touch

For more information about Maggie's Southampton or to find out how we can support you, please call us on 023 8212 4549 and follow us on Facebook @maggiesinsouthampton and Twitter @maggiessoton for the latest news and stories.

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