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Omagh woman helps to oversee new Macmillan Health and Wellbeing facility

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Omagh woman helps to oversee new Macmillan Health and Wellbeing facility thumbnailPictured at opening of Macmillan Health and Wellbeing Campus Tara Boyle, Niall Birthistle, Paula Kealey and actor, Adrian Dunbar.

AN Omagh woman who helped oversee the new Macmillan Health and Wellbeing Campus at Altnagelvin Hospital has poignantly revealed how she was diagnosed with cancer just weeks before the facility was due to open.

The Health and Wellbeing Campus - the first of its kind in Northern Ireland - was developed in partnership by Macmillan Cancer Support and the Western Trust, and was officially opened on Tuesday of last week.

The Campus incorporates a state-of-the-art Macmillan Support Centre and the recently refurbished Agnes Jones House. 

It supports people affected by cancer and other long-term conditions in the Western Trust, as well as people from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Health and Social Care Trust who are attending the Northwest Cancer Centre for treatment.

Services include information and signposting to local services, counselling, hairdressing and wig service, breast prosthesis fitting, complementary therapies, gentle exercise and welfare benefits advice.

The campus manager, Tara Boyle, spoke at the official opening event where she gave a poignant account of her recent personal experience of cancer.

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