The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Support & contact information

The Head and Neck Nurse Specialist Team 

The team has expertise and experience in assisting with patients and carers concerns including:

  • information about the disease illness, investigations, treatments and follow up
  • advice about any symptoms;
  • support for patients, relatives and carers;
  • referral to the community nursing teams, such as the District Nurses;  
  • referral to other professionals who can offer specialist advice such as benefits, social services or complimentary therapies.

The advice line number is 0113 2068616. Please leave a message for a call back.

The Facing Forward Support Group is run by the Head and Neck Local Support Team for patients who have completed treatment. They meet once a month and with the group covers a range of topics, from the emotional effects of cancer treatment, right through to difficulties going back to work and financial constraints. The group meet on the second Thursday of every month 1.30 - 3 pm. Please contact the team for more information about the support group on 0113 206 8734

The "After Treatment Education Programme" offers information and support to help patients adjust to life after treatment. It runs for 3 consecutive weeks on Thursday`s between 1.30 and 3 pm at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre. Please click on this link for more information

Leeds Cancer Support - please click on this link for more information

Support Group - The Swallow Education and Bootcamp Session

The SLT team run a support group for patients who have problems with swallowing after radiotherapy. The group meets every Thursday between 1.30 and 2.30 in the Patient Support Lounge, Princess Royal Suite, Radiotherapy (-2, Bexley Wing St. James’ University Hospital). To attend please click on this link for the information letter for more information.

Radiotherapy Information Lounge Tel: 0113 206 7603

National Association for Laryngectomee Clubs (NALC) is an association which raises awareness of all issues that affect laryngectomees and aims to encourage understanding and support from the general public     

Changing Faces is a national charity supporting people who have any condition or injury that affects their appearance

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is dedicated to helping people with mouth, throat and other head and neck cancers

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. They  provide booklets on cancer and treatments and run helplines providing cancer information and benefits advice as well as an interactive online community forum.

Tel: 0808 808 0000

Maggie's Centre

Maggie's have drop-in centres located around the country where they can offer practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. They also have the Maggie's Online Centre, where people can communicate and share experiences with other people who have been affected by cancer.

Tel: 0300 123 1801


Marie Curie

Marie Curie provide care and support for people living with any terminal illness, whilst also supporting carers and family members. Marie Curie also provide information on practical support which is available to view online or accessible through their helpline.

Tel: 0800 090 2309

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK provide information online to view and download. They also have an online forum for patients and carers as well as a national helpline.

Tel: 0808 800 4040