Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information and advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information and advice

Updated: 24th April 2020

As we navigate our way through these unprecedented times, we understand many people will be worried and concerned.

We sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well.

Patients and families are at the heart of all we do and Pancreatic Cancer Scotland are continuing to work with many organisations to ensure that TOGETHER we can make a difference.

Helpful Information and Advice

Following our merger with UK-wide charity Pancreatic Cancer Action (PCA) we are ensuring information and support is available for you.

Our Health and Policy Manager, Becky Rice provides a fantastic source of guidance, written in collaboration with other organisations and following government advice, which can be accessed via the following link: www.pancreaticcanceraction/coronavirus/

Our information is reviewed and updated daily and also includes health and wellbeing advice and an insight to how we are continuing to be a voice for pancreatic cancer patients and families.

The Scottish Cancer Coalition

Pancreatic Cancer Scotland is a proud member of The Scottish Cancer Coalition (SCC), bringing together cancer charities to represent and support the needs of individuals and families across Scotland who are affected by cancer.

In these difficult times, our coalition is focusing our attention on helping to support people with cancer during the current coronavirus pandemic.

We have regular communications and virtual meetings to share information, insights and experiences. The coalition chair and secretary engage with The Scottish Government’s Cancer Policy Team on a weekly basis, ensuring all concerns are fed directly into the government’s response to the pandemic.

The Scottish Government has produced information leaflets with advice for people with specific medical conditions, including cancer.

These leaflets will be regularly reviewed and updated to provide guidance and sources of support.

If you are not in the highest risk group, please visit Ready Scotland for more information on where to find additional support.

Cancer Support Scotland

PCS has a partnership with Cancer Support Scotland to fund support services for anyone affected by pancreatic cancer and associated tumours. This includes the person diagnosed, their family, friends, carers, and those who have lost a loved one.

To ensure you continue to receive support from their highly experienced team, a range of online self-help guides have been created to support your wellbeing.
www.cancersupportscotland.org/self-help-for-your-wellbeing

Cancer Support Scotland have adapted their counselling services to provide virtual and telephone support.

For more information, please call Cancer Support Scotland on 0800 652 4531 or email wellbeing@cancersupportscotland.org.

Other Sources of information and support

For the latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice, please visit NHS Inform.

The Impact on Pancreatic Cancer Scotland

We understand that everyone is experiencing uncertainty and challenges in these ever-changing times and we thank you for your continued support.

Pancreatic Cancer Scotland rely on generous donations and our amazing Pan Can Clan raising funds that help us Support patients and families, and enhance Healthcare, Awareness, Research and Education of pancreatic cancer in Scotland.

With the cancellation of mass participation events where supporters traditionally raise lots of money taking on fantastic challenges, we, like all charities are experiencing uncertainty around fundraising income.

In these challenging times we would love for you to think creatively about new ways to raise funds and awareness of pancreatic cancer with your family, friends and colleagues – while of course respecting social distancing guidelines.

Some ways you can help include:

We are determined that the 2020’s will be The Decade of Change for Pancreatic Cancer and with your help, TOGETHER we will make a difference.

Although we are working with a reduced team from home just now, we are still here for you if you need support in any way.

Please stay in touch and follow our social media for updates and innovative activities from our Clan.
T: 0141 213 8135 M: 07508 317 404

E: connect@pancanscot.org