Advice and Information Service
Within the centre is an information room with a range of leafelts, booklets, audio tapes, videos, internet access etc. and staff who can help you find the information you seek.
Appointments can be arrange with a number of experts, such as the Site Specialist Nurses, or Benefits Advisor, who can provide more detailed information.
As we as offering access to the professionals who regularly hold sessions within the Centre we can organise referrals to other services. These include:
Hospital Social Workers who can offer advice on housing issues, benefits, grant applications, domiciliary packages of care and residential or nursing home placements.
Occupational Therapists who can offer help to acheive and maintain independence in all areas of daily living. This may be through the provision of advice and equipment to make life easier for patients and carers.
Dietitians who can offer help and advice if you are experiencing problems with eating, or need your diet modified in any way to make sure you have the nourishment you need.
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 who is now full time within the Mustard Tree.
Our advisor is also now available at:
Kingsbridge – 1st Tuesday of the month
Tavistock – 3rd Friday of the month
St Lukes at Pearn – 2nd Thursday of the month
Liskeard – 4th Thursday of the month
Devonport – Monday afternoons fortnightly
Please ring the Mustard Tree, 01752 763672, to arrange an appointment.
Site Specialist Nurses
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 763040
Colorectal Specialist Nurse 01752 517525
Neuro-oncology Specialist Nurse 01752 763665
Haematology Specialist Nurse 01752 792675
Sarcoma and Thyroid Specialist Nurse 01752 763674
Head and Neck Specialist Nurse 01752 763154
Upper Gastro-Intestinal Specialist Nurse 01752 517905
Lung Cancer Specialist Nurse 01752 763665
Prostate Specialist Nurse 01752 245228
Skin Cancer Specialist Nurse 01752 439800
Urology Specialist Nurse 01752 439901
To facilitate local access for patients and carers the Mustard Tree Macmillan Centre provides outreach services at four locations in Devon and Cornwall at Kingsbridge, Tavistock, Liskeard and the Cumberland Centre.
These Centres provide drop-in facilities, information and support, complementary therapies, counselling and financial advice to patients and carers. In Liskeard the centre operates alongside the local palliative care clinic.
Devonport Triangle Cumberland Centre:
Open 1.45pm – 5.30pm (closed bank holidays)
Telephone 0845 155 8002
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:
9.15am – 4.30pm
Telephone 01579 335600, extension 5628
Tavistock Triangle Centre:
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
A helpline is available Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm
If you have any worries or concerns regarding radiotherapy treatment, reactions, skin care or just need someone to talk to. Please contact the Liaison Radiographer 01752 763828
Hospital Palliative Care Team
The team offers support to you, your family and friends in a variety of ways. Whilst you are in hospital we will work alongside your doctors and nurses in providing advice on pain and symptom management.
We 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. We can put you in touch with other St Luke’s Palliative Care services within the community and Hospice with whom we offer an integrated service.
The team currently consists of a consultant supported by a specialist team consisting of a specialist registrar, a staff grade doctor, clinical nurse specialists and a 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 408591
There is also an outpatient clinic run once a fortnight at Derriford Hospital where patient with specific palliative care needs can be seen by the consultant.