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New drop-in service strengthens support for cancer sufferers

Author: Mary Ellen Breen
23 July 2015
  • Carmel O’Brien of Boots Ireland, Donal Buggy of the Irish Cancer Society and Aileen Kearney the first Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacist.

Cancer sufferers in Ireland can now avail of information and support service from a pharmacist after The Irish Cancer Society and Boots Ireland announced the launch of the first ever Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacist role.

The service will help people with cancer related queries seek out the help and support they need, connect them to cancer information services and experts in their local community and signpost them to wider Irish Cancer Society services and online resources.

No appointment is necessary and any conversation will be held in a private consultation room within the pharmacy area. The service is accessible to patients, families and carers. Issues may range from discussing patient medication to the recommendation of a relevant cancer support service in the locality.

In Ireland, one in three people develop cancer during their lifetime. There is an average of 30,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed each year in Ireland with that number expected to rise to over 40,000 per year by 2020. As demand for cancer services is set to rise, the launch of the Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacist aims to complement existing Irish Cancer Society services and offer those affected by cancer access to information and support within the community setting.

Donal Buggy, Head of Services at Irish Cancer Society added: “The Irish Cancer Society and Boots Ireland believe that by sharing our expertise and working together, we can improve accessibility and awareness to trusted information. Through this pharmacy based initiative, we will improve access to support services and connect patients to Irish Cancer Society information, which will help achieve our joint ambition to improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer in the community.”

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