Portsmouth Support Group

Our Lymphoma Action support group welcomes everyone affected by lymphoma, whether you have a diagnosis yourself or are close to someone who has.  There is often a guest speakers but there is always time to connect with others, too, for a supportive discussion over a cuppa.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be meeting on a Tuesday in 2020 - details below.  


Meeting day and time

We meet every couple of months on a Tuesday from 2pm to 3.45pm.  Please see below for our meeting dates, speakers and activities.

2020

  • 4 February - Speaker: Tracy Jeffery, Living Well Centre Manager, challenges our preconceptions in 'Hospice - more than end of life care', looking at the full range of services available

  • 7 April - Speaker: Catia Domingues Oliveira, Stem Cell Transplant CNS and Co-ordinator, talks about how stem cell transplants work and what to expect with this form of treatment

  • 7 July - Speaker: Paula Day, of the Independence and Wellbeing Team at Portsmouth City Council, talks about the health and wellbeing effects of walking and the many Healthy Walks groups in and around Portsmouth 

         (The venue is not available for a June meeting, so we have one in July this year)

  • 4 August

  • 6 October

  • 1 December


Going to a meeting

Anyone affected by lymphoma (minimum age 18 years) can attend a Lymphoma Action support group.  You don't have to book or even let us know beforehand that you are coming along - if you just turn up, you'll be made welcome.

There is no charge for attending a Lymphoma Action support group, though donations help us to continue to provide local support. 

At your first meeting, you will complete a registration form, which also enables us to keep in touch with you about future meetings.  You can request other types of information, including our popular Lymphoma matters magazine.

You can attend our support groups as often and for as long as you need - you aren't expected to come to every meeting and don't have to tell us if you won't be there.  If you move on but then want to come back, perhaps because of a change to your lymphoma, that's fine, too.


Venue

Macmillan Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 3LY

Go to Level B in the main hospital building and find the Macmillan Centre on your left, just before the entrance to the Haematology and Oncology Centre.  There is a good map on the hospital's website showing directions within the building and there are also maps on the hospital site.

Parking

The best car parks to use are the main car park and the north car park. A number plate recognition system is in operation at some car parks, so you'll need your car registration number with you, to enable payment at the machine before returning to your car.

The parking charge for up to 2.5 hours is currently £3.00, and up to 3.5 hours for £4.30. 


How we can support you

A diagnosis of lymphoma can sometimes feel overwhelming and it can be helpful to reach out for support. We have many different services and ways in which we offer you support, whether you have lymphoma yourself or you know someone who has. Support groups are a place where you can meet other people affected by lymphoma, share your experiences and receive information in a mutually supportive environment.

Whether you are new to lymphoma or you have been living with the condition for a while, you may have questions or concerns or maybe you'd just like to talk things through with someone who understands. You can contact our helpline services between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, via phone, email and Live Chat. Find out more.