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Lanarkshire gets Maggie's Centre

Maggie's Centre Glasgow
The Maggie's Centre in Glasgow is one of six now based in Scotland

A new Maggie's Centre for cancer patients and their relatives has opened in Lanarkshire.

The interim facility will be based at Wishaw General Hospital until a dedicated service at Monklands Hospital is built.

Fundraising efforts across the country helped to pay for the centre, which will provide free emotional advice and support to people affected by cancer.

It is the sixth Maggie's Centre in Scotland.

The centre is temporarily housed in a former doctors' residence at the Wishaw General.

A permanent centre is to be located at Monklands when NHS Lanarkshire moves its cancer treatment to the hospital.

'Beyond the disease'

Lorrie Forsyth, head of Maggie's Lanarkshire, praised those who helped to raise money for the centre.

She said: "People across the country fundraised very hard to make Maggie's Lanarkshire a reality.

"The interim facility will make a huge difference to people across the region affected by cancer by helping to equip them with the tools to build a life beyond the disease."

There are five other Maggie's centres in Scotland - in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Highlands and Fife.

A Maggie's Centre is also due to open in London in April this year.

It will be the first of a network of six centres scheduled to be built across England and Wales by 2012.

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