Portsmouth Support Group

Our Lymphoma Action support group meets every couple of months, with guest speakers. There is always time, too, to connect with others, for a supportive chat over a cuppa.


Meeting day and time

We usually meet every other month on a Monday from 2pm. Our start times and frequency can alter slightly, so it's worth checking with the meeting organiser, Samantha Cowpe, Lymphoma Nurse Specialist, on 023 9228 6000 ext 4763, before travelling. 

Please see below for our meeting dates, speakers and activities.

  • 14 January - Speaker: Tess Compton-Price, Respiratory Physiology Manager, gives a talk on sleep hygiene

  • 11 March - Speakers: Jilly Vickers, Regional Development Manager for Lymphoma Action, joins us to update on information and support available from the charity, and Samantha Darby, Lymphoma Clinical Nurse Specialist, Queen Alexandra Hospital, talks about her role.

  • 13 May - TBA

  • 1 July - TBA

  • 9 Sept - TBA

  • 18 Nov - TBA


Going to a meeting

Anyone affected by lymphoma 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, on the same form.

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.

Going to a lymphoma support group for the first time can feel like a big step. If you would like to talk to someone about it, you are welcome to call the Freephone helpline on 0808 808 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-3pm) or email us at information@lymphomas.org.uk

If you would like to speak with the support group organiser before going to a meeting, you can call Samantha Cowpe, Lymphoma Nurse Specialist, on 023 9228 6000 ext 4763.


Venue

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

We are on Level B in the Haematology and Oncology Centre.  There is a good map on the hospital's website showing directions within the building and there are maps within the hospital site.

We always have the kettle on, so you’ll be able to have a cup of tea or coffee.

Parking

The best car parks to use are the main car park and the north car park. A new number plate recognition system is being introduced from April 2018, so make sure you have your car registration number with you, to enable payment 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.