The Marlborough Cancer Society has only been in its new premises for a short time before it was forced to close down as the Government enforces the four-week lockdown.
Since the Government has confirmed the “continued provision of cancer services is essential” these will be available but will have to run differently.
Marlborough’s Cancer Society’s centre manager Felicity Spencer said the office is now closed but some staff are working remotely where possible.
“During this time we still have services available to support those people and their families affected by cancer,” she said.
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The cancer society is a fully self-funded charity organisation which relies heavily on volunteer support and donations from the community.
It had found a new temporary accommodation in 3 Maxwell Rd, after fire from an adjoining CBD cafe engulfed their entire office in February.
The Cancer Society’s medical director Dr Chris Jackson said some things would change and the organisation will function rather differently in terms of treatments and appointments during the lockdown period.
Marlborough Cancer Society are in shock after a fire in a building next door spread into their premises, causing significant damage.
“As we enter the lockdown and consider how people with lower immunity might be affected by treatment, there may be changes to what treatment is recommended, or how you have your appointments.
“The Government has confirmed the continued provision of cancer services is essential; this means that patients who need treatment will get treatment.
“Your treatment centre will contact you about how their services will be provided and any changes that might be needed,” Jackson said.
The Cancer Society has advised people to avoid crowds, public transport and “think about online shopping”.
Get an influenza vaccine as soon as possible, which is free for over 65 year olds and most people with cancer, he said.
Cancer Society of New Zealand chief executive Lucy Elwood said most Cancer Society offices are working remotely and they have fully staffed telephone operators that people can call to to discuss any concerns or question they may have.
“Most Cancer Society offices are now working remotely in line with government regulations. We have a fully staffed 0800 cancer information line (0800 226 237) that people can call and discuss any concerns or questions they may have,” she said.
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