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Information and Specialist Services 

Advice and Information Service
Within the centre is an information room with a range of leafelts, booklets, internet access etc. and staff who can help you find the information you seek.

We understand that people prefer to access information in different ways. Some may prefer to use written material, whilst others may prefer a face to face discussion. We therefore offer a range of options including:

* A comprehensive range of booklets and leaflets from Macmillan and other professional organisations.

* The option for a face to face discussion with one of our Information Specialists

* A Database of local services that may be helpful

* A booklist of literature available from local libraries

We also work closely with all other health professionals involved in cancer care, especially Clinical Nurse Specialists, Dieticians, Speech Therapists etc. Some of these professionals hold clinics within the Mustard Tree Centre and we can facilitate appointments if appropriate.

Benefits Advice
We appreciate that during times of prolonged treatment a person’s financial position can alter radically.  Often is it better to seek advice before taking a course of action as this may affect future entitlement to benefits etc.

If you are not sure whether you are entitled to a benefit, or need help and advice, why not make a confidential appointment with our Benefits Advisor from the DWP.

Denise is able to offer appointments within the Centre and can also organise to visit you on the Ward should this be necessary. Should it be required, she can also link with our Outreach Clinics to offer appointments at Kingsbridge, Tavistock and Liskeard Triangle Centres.

Please ring the Mustard Tree, 01752 763672, to arrange an appointment.


Clinical Nurse Specialist Telephone Numbers
Within Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust there is a team of specialist nurses who deal with specific sites of cancer.  They will provide information about cancer and its treatment which is specific to your individual needs.  They will also provide emotional support as well as advice and guidance to you and your family about local services available in hospital and at home.

These specialist nurses can be contacted by telephone:
Gynae Specialist Nurse 01752 437296
Breast Care Specialist Nurse 01752 431895
Colorectal Specialist Nurse 01752 517525
Neuro-oncology Specialist Nurse 01752 431521
Haematology Specialist Nurse 01752 431243
Sarcoma and Thyroid Specialist Nurse 01752 763674
Head and Neck Specialist Nurse 01752 763154
Upper Gastro-Intestinal Specialist Nurse 01752 431527/8
Lung Cancer Specialist Nurse 01752 763665
Prostate Specialist Nurse 01752 245228
Skin Cancer Specialist Nurse 01752 439800
Urology Specialist Nurse 01752 439903
Teenage and Young Adult Specialist Nurse 07769282561


The Triangle Centres
The Triangle Centre run in conjunction with the Chemotherapy Outreach Service. They provide similar services to The Mustard Tree Macmillan Centre, including drop in facilities, information and support, complementary therapies, counselling and financial advice for patients, their families and carers. They are located at:

Kingsbridge Triangle Centre:
Every Tuesday at Kingsbridge Community Hospital
Open 9.30am – 4.30pm
Telephone Kingsbridge 01548 852349 and ask for the Triangle Centre

Liskeard Community Hospital:
Every Thursday
9.15am – 4.30pm
Telephone 01579 335600, extension 5628

Tavistock Triangle:
Every Friday at Tavistock Clinic (beside the Community College)
9.15am – 4.15pm (closed bank holidays)
Telephone Tavistock 01822 615935 and ask for the Triangle Centre


Radiotherapy after Care Service
If you have any worries or concerns regarding radiotherapy treatment, reactions, skin care:  Please contact the Liaison Radiographer 01752 437032. Monday - Friday 9 am to 5 pm

St Lukes Specialist Palliative Care Team
The team offers support to you, your family and friends in a variety of ways.  Whilst you are in hospital the team will work alongside your doctors and nurses in providing advice on pain and symptom management.

They can also talk through any concerns you or your family may have about your illness or treatments and how this is affecting you and those who are close to you.  They can also put you in touch with other St Luke’s Palliative Care Services within the community and Hospice, with whom we offer an integrated service.

Team Members
The team currently consists of a Consultant supported by a specialist team consisting of Consultants in Palliative Medicine, Associate Specialist, Specialist Registrar, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Secretary/Administrator.

At present we work Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.  You can contact us through the hospital switchboard on 0845 155 8155 or use the direct line 01752 763987 (please leave a message on the answer phone and we will get back to you)

Outside these hours call St Luke’s 24 hour helpline on 01752 401172

There are also outpatient clinics at St. Luke's at Pearn in Hartley, where a Consultant can see patients with specific palliative care needs.

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