Macmillan Cancer Support Unit at Antrim Area Hospital
The Macmillan Unit is a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Department of Health and Social Services.
The support unit is located opposite Laurel House on the Antrim Area Hospital site and has 12 en-suite bedrooms and three consulting rooms. Specialist staff at the centre will provide comprehensive palliative care to patients with cancer and other life-limiting conditions. The unit will also deliver a range of day care and inpatient services including symptom control, rehabilitation and end-of-life care. A day room and a quiet room, as well as facilities for education and staff training, are also included at the unit which will provide comprehensive palliative care to patients with cancer and other life-limiting conditions.
Volunteers required to talk to parents, play chess, dominoes etc. and to simply just be there for the person. A listening ear and support for family members is also required. Volunteer will receive comprehensive induction training. Ongoing support offered and supervision monthly.
Therapists are needed to provide a range of treatments to patients and their families including reflexology, aromatherapy, Reiki and Indian Head massage. This is a much needed service to enable people affected by cancer to deal with stress.
A volunteer hairdresser is needed to wash style and cut patients’ hair during their stay in the MacMillan unit. Volunteer must be a qualified hairdresser.
In partnership with the charity 'Look Good Feel Better' we plan to run regular workshops for women coping with the visible side - effects of cancer treatments. Volunteer beauty therapists will assist with offering skincare and make-up advice to women attending the workshops. Initially the workshops will take place in the Antrim Area with a view to expanding elsewhere in the Northern Trust area. Volunteers should have at least one year's experience of working or training within the beauty industry. They should be good communicators and able to work as part of a team.
A comprehensive induction will be given to all volunteers. Travel expenses are reimbursed