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The Hamar Centre


Located within the grounds of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, the Hamar Help and Support Centre provides counselling and support services to patients with a cancer diagnosis, their family and carers.

The garden at the Hamar Help and Support Centre is a quiet space offering opportunity for calm and reflection. The garden extends the ethos of the Centre into its outside space. The beautifully maintained garden with water feature and summer house is accessible to all.

Counselling can help people to:

  • have a greater understanding of (sometimes) complex feelings
  • explore feelings and feel emotionally supported
  • talk about things you may feel unable to say to those closest to you
  • find ways to cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • improve communication with loved ones and medical teams
  • explore how to live more fully beyond illness.

What we offer

  • One to one counselling
  • Couples counselling
  • Support Groups
  • Macmillan Information & Support Centre
  • Free head shaving service for patients undergoing chemotherapy
  • Walking group (weather dependant)
  • Get Active, Feel Good
  • 8 Week Mindfulness Courses
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • A peaceful garden space with a summerhouse to enjoy

Look Good Feel Better Logo

Taking place on the second Tuesday afternoon of each month, Look Good, Feel Better is a beauty and skincare workshop for women with a cancer diagnosis. Led by volunteer beauticians, the sessions see ladies led through an interactive pampering workshop starting with a cleansing routine then following guidance, applying a full make-up. Participants are given a bag containing everything needed during the workshop and they leave with this as a gift.  Ladies can book themselves into the sessions – there is no need for a professional referral although there is often a waiting list as the events are extremely popular. To find out more about Look Good, Feel Better contact Jenn Lakin (01743 261035), or visit their website.

Patients are referred to the service by their Oncologist and provided with a prescription to enable them to cover the “purchase” of their chosen hair piece.

Will’s Wigs
NHS approved wig fitting and ordering service to patients who have or are expected to lose their hair as a result of chemotherapy treatment. Will’s Wigs hold clinics at the Hamar Help and Support Centre every Tuesday from 9am with the last appointment at 4pm. They will also visit patients on our hospital wards who are unable to get to the Centre.  Appointments must be booked directly with Wills Wigs on 01527 871709.

Salon Ten
NHS approved wig fitting service. Patients can make an appointment to attend the salon at 44 High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6AD. Appointments are booked directly with Salon Ten on 01952 727555.

Provided by fully qualified staff from Severn Hospice, an aromatherapy massage appointment can be booked by contacting Jenn Lakin the Hamar Help and Support Centre. Sessions take place on Thursdays and patients must be referred to the service from a healthcare professional.

Complimentary therapy can help people cope with disease and it’s treatments through relaxation, wellbeing, and support and symptom control. The following complementary therapies are provided at the Hamar Help & Support Centre:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Indian head massage
  • Reflexology
  • Foot/hand massage
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Relaxation

Led by trained volunteers, light massage (over clothing) to the hands, arms, neck and shoulders. Appointments can be booked by contacting the Hamar Help and Support Centre on 01743 261035. Sessions take place on Monday mornings and Thursday mornings. For more information please visit the Red Cross Website.

Led by a trained Mindfulness teacher we offer an eight week mindfulness course for anyone who has experienced cancer and completed treatment. Mindfulness means to be present, in the moment. It is about paying attention, to the moment we have now, and so living life more consciously. The course involved meditation, discussion and teaching. Some of the benefits of Mindfulness are:

  • To introduce a positive habit as a way to reduce stress
  • To increase mental balance and focus
  • To calm and sooth the mind
  • Increasing deeper and more consistent sleep

For more information please drop in at The Hamar Centre or contact Jenn Lakin on 01743 261035.

For more information, please see our Cancer Services page.


Key Info

Contact Us

01743 261035


Opening times
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. (please note: the Hamar Centre is not a crisis centre and as such is it not open at weekends, public holidays or between Christmas and New Year).  

Visit Us

When you enter the hospital via the main road entrance, the Hamar Help & Support Centre is located on the right hand side after the main ward block entrance (opposite the School of Health). The nearest public car park is Pay Care Park 4, which is opposite the Lingen Davies Centre. There are further public car parks nearby. There are a few blue badge holders parking spaces outside the Centre subject to availability.

Our Staff

The service is under the leadership of Jessica Hancox, Lead Cancer Nurse who is supported by Jo Jones PA to Lead Cancer Nurse.

Administrative support is provided by Jenn Lakin who is assisted by a small team of volunteers.

Counselling services are provided by the following team members:-

Nikki Haycox – Nikki is available to offer counselling sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Julie Reiling – Julie is available to offer counselling sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Julie is also able to offer appointments at the Princess Royal Hospital on Tuesday and Thursdays.

Jenny England– Jenny is available to offer counselling on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Referrals are welcomed from healthcare professionals and self-referrals are also accepted.