Big Bus drives cancer services to Newtownabbey

Action Cancer patron Nuala McKeever (left) joins Big Bus Co-ordinator Sean Conlon and SuperValu Marketing Manager Briege McGinty to announce the Big Bus visits to Monkstown and Whiteabbey this month. INNT 22-212-CON
Action Cancer patron Nuala McKeever (left) joins Big Bus Co-ordinator Sean Conlon and SuperValu Marketing Manager Briege McGinty to announce the Big Bus visits to Monkstown and Whiteabbey this month. INNT 22-212-CON
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Action Cancer is bringing its mobile unit, the Big Bus, to Newtownabbey this month as part of its ongoing tour of the region.

The unit, which is the first of its kind in Europe, will be hosted by Monkstown Community Association and located at Monkstown Community Centre, Cashel Drive, Monkstown on Wednesday, June 13. On Friday, June 22 it will be hosted by Whiteabbey Community Group and located at 55 Glenville Road, Whiteabbey.

The 18 metre-long articulated vehicle with expanding side pods, houses cancer prevention and early detection services and staff on the unit also provide information about support services. The mobile clinic, whose main sponsor is retail group SuperValu and its independent retailers, was launched in 2006 to help Action Cancer save lives and support people.

Services provided on the Big Bus, which is fully accessible for people with disabilities by means of a wheelchair lift, include digital breast screening for women aged between 40 and 49 and over 70, health promotion and MOT health checks for men and women. A full body composition analysis using the latest technology provides clients with information on their height, weight, body mass index and more, and also offers health awareness and weight loss guidance, encouraging people to adapt to a healthier lifestyle.

Big Bus staff can provide information on complementary therapies and other cancer support services such as counselling, a Listening Ear Service, and support groups, which are available for cancer patients, their carers and families at the charity’s headquarters in Belfast and at other locations.

Anyone interested in making an appointment for the Big Bus should telephone Action Cancer in advance on Tel: 028 9080 3344. Appointments will be available from 10am to 3pm. Bookings are taken on a first come first served basis as there are a limited number of appointments for all services.