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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Advice

Below is some information about coronavirus (COVID-19) for people who have, or have had, cancer and their loved ones, and for people who are worried they may have cancer. This information aims to answer some of the questions you may have.

As always, it’s important to follow the advice of your doctor, nurse or other people in your medical team. You can also contact your Clinical Nurse Specialist for information and support.

Latest advice for people in Northern Ireland with cancer:
If you are worried you have cancer:

We understand many people are anxious about the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on their ability to access treatment and care.

If you have any signs or symptoms of cancer, you may be worried about whether you will be able to see a GP or a specialist and get any tests you need. You may also be worried about whether it is safe to do so. Please do still contact your GP straight away.


New! Relaxation and Guided Meditation Sessions

We are now offering a guided relaxation service by telephone.

What is relaxation / guided meditation?

These are techniques used to aid relaxation, relieve stress and tension, aid sleep and reduce feelings of anxiety. Due to the current covid-19 precautions this service will take place over the telephone. Sessions normally last between 20-30 minutes, however, this can be tailored to suit you.

Why would I benefit from this?

You may particularly benefit if you:

  • are newly diagnosed and/or awaiting treatment
  • need support to help you complete treatment
  • need support once your treatment has been completed

What preparation do I need to make?

Try to find a quiet space where you are unlikely to be disturbed. You may also wish to have soothing music in the background however this is not necessary.

How do I get referred to this service?

There is a written referral form that a member of staff in Laurel House will go through with you. The complementary therapist will then contact you via telephone to arrange a suitable date and time.

If you are not due to attend Laurel House but would like to avail of this service please ring Laurel House where a nurse who will make arrangements for you over the telephone.

Please contact 028 9442 4201 to speak to a nurse in Laurel House.



Invitation to participate in research by Ulster University

Are you a parent with a poor cancer prognosis or have lost your partner to cancer and have children under the age of 18?

We would like to invite you to take part in a one-to-one interview to hear about your family needs during this time.

It will take approximately one hour.

When and where? At a time and place convenient for you.

Why? By talking to you about your experiences we hope to improve the support we give others in the future.

If you would like more information or wish to participate in this research please contact Jeff Hanna from the family centered care team on 077 0740 7085 or