Oct 3, 2017

CancerLink Jockey Club Support Centre, Kwai Chung - Update Report

-  Our service was soft launched on 1 December 2016 and the centre was officially opened on 8 June 2017.

-  We adopt 'Strength-based Family Centered' approach and 'Evidence-based Practice' to provide practical, psychological, social and spiritual care services to cancer patients and their families residing in the Kwai Chung, Tsing Yi, Tsuen Wan and Tung Chung area.  All our services are free.

-  Kwai Chung is an urban area in the New Territories. Together with Tsing Yi Island, it forms the Kwai Tsing District of Hong Kong. 520,000 people (7.1% of Hong Kong population) live in Kwai Tsing.

  Population characteristics:

  *  Over 60% of the people in the district are in the low income bracket.

  *  16.7% of the population are aged 65 or above.

  *  Residents of Kwai Tsing are of the third lowest educational level in Hong Kong.

  *  Household income is below average.

-  Service summary:

  *  A total of 5,754 users and their family members were served from December 2016 to July 2017.

  *  The number of case management increased 26% during April 2017 to July 2017 when compared with December 2016 to March 2017.

  *  The average number of visitors per day increased 26% during April 2017 to July 17 when compared with December 16 to March 2017.

  *  Total 122 groups/workshops of 279 sessions had been organized with 3,792 attendance.

Jun 19, 2017

Official Opening

Cancer Fund opens doors of new cancer support center to public

Families facing cancer now have access to free, life-changing support on their doorstep

[9 June 2017] For 30 years, the Hong Kong Cancer Fund has been a key provider of psychosocial and supportive care in the Hong Kong community. With the opening of their new CancerLink Jockey Club Support Centre, Kwai Chung, Cancer Fund's network of cancer care and information has been extended to reach more families in the New Territories. Their free services are readily available from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and for as long as it may be needed during survivorship.

On Friday 9 June, The Cancer Fund hosted an Open Day at their new support centre in Kwai Chung to offer an insight into their support services, available free to cancer survivors and their families. The general public, local social welfare groups, donors and service users had the opportunity to understand the challenges facing cancer patients and survivors, and to see first-hand how they help families cope with cancer through multidisciplinary professional psychosocial support.

"When hospital based treatment is over and their regular team of medical professionals is no longer centrally available to a patient, it can be difficult to find and navigate ongoing support outside of the health system." said Tammy Leung, Director of Service of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, "families touched by cancer often endure unimaginable pressures. They face a range of financial, psychological, physical and practical life challenges. Overcoming these challenges and adjusting to their 'new normal' requires great strength and support. This is when the free professional support services that Cancer Fund provides can have a life changing impact."

'I thought that after my treatment cancer would no longer be part of my life, but many of my challenges had really just begun. For over three years now the Cancer Fund has been my rock. Their services still help me to cope with my long term side effects, connect with fellow survivors and to readjust to life in survivorship which requires a lot of adjustment in my daily life. I am glad that they have now brought their service to Kwai Chung as it is much closer to my home. I can now come more often to get their support without worrying about the time and cost of travelling,' said Samantha, user of Cancer Fund's free services.

The new centre in Kwai Chung is the biggest of Cancer Fund's four support centres, providing free, professional services including counselling, family support, diet and nutrition consultation, symptoms and side effects management, financial assistance and more. It will organise various cancer support groups to enhance peer support among cancer survivors and help newly diagnosed patients and those undergoing treatment. 'Our fourth CancerLink support centre in the community enables us to better reach patients at Princess Margaret Hospital and families living in New Territories and Kowloon West', said Ms Sally Lo, Founder and CEO of Hong Kong Cancer Fund. 'With our Kwai Chung location, we now have access to the 800,000 residents living in this region, as we help our clients to navigate their diagnosis, treatment and life in survivorship.'

Mar 16, 2017

CancerLink Support Centre in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong

Reception area
Reception area

Project Background

Hong Kong Cancer Fund has been offered a unique opportunity by a generous supporter of a 7,300 sq.ft space in a converted industrial building in Kwai Chung at a subsidized rent. This will allow us to complete our support network with a CancerLink centre.

With the new CancerLink centre in Kwai Chung, we are able to expand our support network to reach a much neglected and underprivileged area in Hong Kong that has increasingly growing demand on cancer support services.

CancerLink Kwai Chung is going to be a centre with a difference. This premises will allow us to expand our range of rehabilitation programmes, provide a stable venue for our wellness classes, we will also be able to add new and upgraded services such as in-house physiotherapist, diet and nutrition workshops and an even larger range of wellness programmes. The centre will also provide our regular services, including a centralised hotline, peer support, psychosocial counselling, home care, palliative care etc.

Objectives

The objectives are to provide free services with professional carers who help clients manage the physical, emotional, psychological and social challenges brought about by a cancer diagnosis.

By offering a wide range of free support and rehabilitation programme, our goal is to empower individuals so that their cancer journey is as comforting, informed and stress-free as possible.

Hong Kong Cancer Fund's work encompasses public education, home care, peer support, complementary therapies, funding of hospital equipment and much more in filling the gaps in cancer care and making life better for people affected by cancer.

Service Target

People diagnosed with cancer and cancer survivors, and their carer and family members.

CancerLink Kwai Chung Set Up Progress

Overall fit out works completed in December 2016. Minor adjustments and fine tuning will be made during the course of the 3-months soft launch period from January to March 2017. 

Counselling room
Counselling room
Wig-cum-Counselling room
Wig-cum-Counselling room
Self-help group work room
Self-help group work room
Art therapy room
Art therapy room
Multi-function room
Multi-function room

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