The need - Maggie's Centres

The need – Maggie's Southampton


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10,000 new cancer diagnoses a year

Every year 10,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the central south coast area of England, and by 2020 one in every two people will experience cancer in their lifetime.  

As one of only 12 regional cancer centres and amongst the largest of the university hospitals in the UK, the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust provides a broad range of clinical services.

Due to its clinical and research expertise and facilities on site, the Trust offers specialist services – including oncology, haematology and immunology – to over 3.7 million people from a wide geographical area, including Dorset, the Channel Islands, south Wiltshire and West Sussex, and nationally.

As the number of people being diagnosed and living with cancer continues to rise, so the demand for support increases, putting massive pressure on NHS resources.

University Hospital Southampton – rated as ‘Excellent’ for patient care by the Care Quality Commission – views Maggie’s bespoke programme of support as a missing element of the cancer services it wishes patients to be offered at the regional centre of clinical and research expertise. 

We expect that our centre will receive more than 20,000 visits each year.


The support Maggie’s will provide

Each of our centres across the UK is built on the grounds of a specialist NHS cancer hospital at the invitation of the local Trust.

Situated close to the oncology wards at Southampton General Hospital, Maggie’s Southampton will be a warm and welcoming place, where people with cancer can explore tough questions and difficult emotions, to find a way through and beyond cancer.

With professional staff on hand to offer the support individuals and families need, Maggie’s evidence-based cancer support –  proven to strengthen physical and emotional wellbeing – will provide help with financial issues, managing stress and relationships, nutritional and physical self-care, as well as providing information to enable informed decisions to be taken about Maggie’s visitors' own treatment and care.  

Cancer hijacks your life and drops you into a situation where you have to learn a new language. Maggie’s teaches you that language, helping you find sense in all the confusion.

Rani, visitor to Maggie’s West London

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