BEING told you nor a loved one has cancer, or another life-threatening condition, can be devastating news and people want to find out as much as possible about it.
Now Thurrock libraries — in partnership with NHS Choices and the Essex Cancer Network — have signed up to offer Information Prescriptions.
Information prescriptions are given by health professionals to those who need information about cancer – whether medicines, tests or a particular type of cancer. Once filled in the “prescription” can be taken to Grays Library and staff will find and print out the relevant information.
If you are happy to access the information yourself you can use the free Internet service in any Thurrock library.
The website from the NHS is available for anyone to use at www.nhs.co.uk/ips
The information is reliable and accurate and also written in an easily understood manner.
Several Thurrock libraries (Grays, Belhus and Corringham) also offer specialist book/leaflet collections on cancer which can be borrowed. There is also a trained volunteer available from St Luke’s Hospice at Grays Library on Monday mornings to offer advice and support if you require