Within the Flinders Cancer Wellness Centre is Cancer Council SA’s Cancer Information Centre where experienced Cancer Council oncology nurse, Polly, provides free face-to-face support and information three days a week.
Polly has an incredible nine years of service with Cancer Council 13 11 20, and, with your support she is now available at Flinders to help anyone impacted by cancer.
She is onsite to help people living with cancer and their loved ones better understand their diagnosis, guide them through the support services available and listen when they are having a challenging day.
The service is particularly popular among partners, family members or friends of someone living with cancer, who make up around half the people Polly sees.
“I’m not injecting people or providing any physical treatments; these patients are enduring enough of that. I’m someone outside of that space. We can provide a lot of support for people, individuals as well as families, and that’s why we’re here,” Polly says.
“People can come and relax and talk, or not. It’s about having that face-to-face connection. We get to connect with people who otherwise might not contact Cancer Council SA or connect with programs and services.”
As well as accepting visitors, Polly’s role as at the Cancer Information Centre also allows her to visit wards and patient areas across the Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders Private Hospital.
Thanks to your support, Polly is available to meet with or talk to any person using the Flinders Cancer Wellness Centre Tuesday to Thursday every week.
For more information about Cancer Council SA’s Outreach Nurse Service, and how you can help, please call Cancer Council 13 11 20.
Thank you for supporting this wonderful service when it’s needed most.