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TV medic Dr Dawn Harper backs blood cancer charity’s new patient support line

Steph Cade
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04 Feb 2016

The free service will provide blood cancer patients with the information and support that they have previously been missing.

TV medic Dr Dawn Harper, best known for presenting Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, is backing a new specialist support line for blood cancer patients, launched by Bloodwise.

The free service, launched to mark World Cancer Day (Feb 4), was created after research conducted by the charity found that more than 8 out of 10 patients wanted help finding services and information relevant to them.

The dedicated Bloodwise Support Line will provide a single, easy point of contact for all blood cancer patients and carers at every stage of the cancer experience, from diagnosis to post-treatment. Highly trained staff will provide essential support over the phone, email, and social media.

Reta Brownlow, Head of Patient Services, says: “We have identified that blood cancer patients are either not aware of or are just not accessing the support and advice they require, and even when they are getting the information, many are not satisfied.

“Our Support Line team exists to offer blood cancer-specific information and advice to everyone affected by the disease, and will help plug the gap in the provision of emotional support and practical advice that so far may have been missing, but is so important for this group of people.”

Dr Dawn, GP and leading TV medic, says: “As a GP I see first-hand the difference a reliable and personal source of support and advice can make to patients at these difficult times. This service from Bloodwise is an integral step in improving the support that blood cancer patients receive from the moment that they are diagnosed.”

The Support Line team are available Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm on 0808 2080 888 (Freephone) or at