Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service - Oldham, Bury, HMR

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service supports patients living in Oldham, Bury, Heywood, Middleton, and Rochdale. The service aims to provide a valuable resource to the community, offering a wide range of services to support people affected by cancer. We are based at the Royal Oldham Hospital, but we also provide support at Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield Hospital when required. .

If you or your family are affected by cancer, we can offer high quality information and support as well as referrals to other services (such as benefits advisers, social workers or local councils) to help you cope with the practical, emotional & financial effects of cancer.

We provide ward visits to patients in the hospital who need support as well as a telephone and email support service. No referral is necessary but if you are an inpatient, you can ask the ward staff or your nurse specialist to contact us to arrange a visit.


We are here to support all people affected by cancer, including patients, family & friends, carers, and health professionals. We can offer information, support and referrals on a wide range of services, including:

  • Benefits advice
  • Cancer information materials
  • Cancer information materials in other languages
  • Carer support
  • Counselling
  • Emotional support
  • Financial support
  • Advice and support with housing concerns
  • Macmillan Grants (one off, means tested grants to help with the cost of cancer)
  • Practical support
  • Health and wellbeing advice and support
  • Information and advice on fuel and energy bills
  • Self Help & Support Groups
  • Signposting and referrals to other services
  • Transport services
  • Volunteering activities
  • Information about becoming a volunteer cancer patient representative (using your experience to improve the services and care we provide)

You will have the opportunity to talk to someone in confidence, discuss what you are going through and have your voice heard. We understand how much things can change when you are affected by cancer and can offer support and information regarding practical, emotional, and financial challenges.  We can put you in touch with support services, support groups and social events in your area.

You do not need a referral to access our service. We are available for drop in or telephone support Monday – Friday, 8.30am - 4pm (excluding bank holidays)

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