Support Near You

These meetings are held for patients who have had, or are about to have, major surgery for the removal of part (or all) of their oesophagus and stomach. Local specialist surgeons, nurses, dieticians and physiotherapists are often invited to attend to answer your questions so that you can learn more about what has happened to you. The meeting will have a friendly format and you will be made very welcome, with former patients available as hosts for new patients and their family and friends. Those who have made contact with the OPA to inform us that they have had an oesophagectomy and/or a gastrectomy will automatically be invited. Please note that it is inevitable that most patients attending these meetings have had, or are going to have surgery. All oesophageal/gastric cancer patients are most welcome but this emphasis is to be expected.

Please take a look to find out where your nearest meeting are held. Check also with your Upper GI Nurse Specialist who often holds her or his own support meeting at their own hospitals, or contact the Co-Ordinator.

For groups and meetings in Scotland, please go to our Scotland page.

OPA Group

Birmingham and West MidlandsOPA Group

Macdonald Burlington HotelBurlington Arcade126 New StreetBirminghamB2 4JQ0121 704 9860enquiries@opa.org.uk

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BrightonOPA Group

Peacehaven Town Council OfficesMeridian CentreMeridian WayBN10 8BB07715 011 323ronhaines@opa.org.uk

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DerbyOPA Group

Hilton Village HallPeacroft LaneHiltonDerbyDE65 5GH01332 513807chrisrlspiller@talktalk.net

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ExeterOPA Group

The Force CentreCorner HouseBarrack RoadExeterEX2 5DW07710 286 204brian.marionk2@tiscali.co.uk

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GuildfordOPA Group

The Conference CentreHoliday InnEgerton RoadGuildfordGU2 7XZ07734 394 263davechuter@opa.org.uk

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Isle of WightOPA Group

Age U.K. centreHigh StreetNewportIsle of WightPO30 1TY01983 761610j.ring154@btinternet.com

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LeedsOPA Group

Headingley Golf ClubBack Church LaneAdelLeedsLS16 8DW0113 226 7250leeds@opa.org.uk

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LincolnOPA Group

Wragby Town HallLouth RoadWragbyMarket RasenLN8 5PH0121 704 9860 lincoln@opa.org.uk

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London OPA Group

Guy's HospitalGreat Maze PondLondon SE1 9RT07956 562 158johncampolini@gmail.com

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Norfolk & NorwichOPA Group

The Benjamin RoomNorfolk & Norwich HospitalColney LaneNorwich, NorfolkNR4 7UY07732 672816shales48@gmail.com

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Nottingham OPA Group

Maggies CentreCity Hospital Campus (Gate 3)Hucknall RoadNottingham NG5 1PH0115 914 7018drbobturner@gmx.co.uk

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Portsmouth and South HampshireOPA Group

Upper GI (MDT Office) E LevelQueen Alexandra Hospital Southwick HillPortsmouth PO6 3LY02392 286 000 ext 5422philcoverdale@opa.org.uk

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Achalasia Group

AchalasiaAchalasia Group

Brampton House, Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth60 Grove End RoadSt John's WoodLondonNW8 9NH0208 372 9647amandaladell@yahoo.co.uk

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Affiliated Group

Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital Group Affiliated Group

Queen Elizabeth HospitalQueen Elizabeth Medical CentreEdgbastonBirminghamB15 2TH 0121 627 2000

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BradfordAffiliated Group

Cancer Support Group YorkshireDaisy House Farm44 Smith LaneBradfordBD9 6AD01274 382585amanda.miller@bthft.nhs.uk

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BristolAffiliated Group

Gastro/Oesophageal Support & Help Group (Bristol)The Park CentreKingswoodBristolBS15 4AR0117 983 9906jackie.ann2002@gmail.com

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ColchesterAffiliated Group

Colchester General HospitalTurner RoadColchesterEssexCO4 5JL07565 929 381philipmarlowmann@hotmail.com

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CornwallAffiliated Group

Royal Cornwall Hospital2 Penventinnie LaneTreliske, TruroCornwallTR1 3LQ01208 831145Rabkol@aol.com

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DudleyAffiliated Group

Cancer SupportThe White House10 Ednam RoadDudleyDY1 1JXhelen.knott@dgh.nhs.uk

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EssexAffiliated Group

Essex Oesophago-Gastric Cancer SupportMid-Essex Hospitals NHS Trust, Broomfield HospitalCourt RoadEssexCM1 7ET07595 202407robert.ugcsg@gmail.com

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FrimleyAffiliated Group

Lakeside International HotelWharf RoadFrimley GreenSurreyGU16 6JR01276 514650gloriawiseman9@gmail.com

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GrimsbyAffiliated Group

Village Hall26 Waltham RoadScartho, GrimsbyNorth East LincolnshireDN33 2LX01472 874 111helga.greenwood@nhs.net

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KentAffiliated Group

The Flying Boat36-42 Spital StreetDartfordKentDA1 2DTted30annie@hotmail.com

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Lancaster and Morecambe BayAffiliated Group

SOS Cancer Support Group SlynesdalesSlyne RoadLancasterLA2 6ST01253 811394ian@sos-cancersupport.uk

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LeicesterAffiliated Group

Helen Webb House35 Westleigh RoadLeicesterLE3 0HH0116 258 5809cathy.thompson@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

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Lister, StevenageAffiliated Group

Education CentreLister HospitalCoreys Mill LaneStevenage, HertsSG1 4AB07779 953 296peter.wicklow@gmail.com

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LiverpoolAffiliated Group

Cardiothoracic Center, outpatientsLiverpool Heart & Chest HospitalThomas DriveLiverpoolL14 3PE07802 886120

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London - Guy Hospital and Friends' Meeting HouseAffiliated Group

Dimbleby Cancer Care2nd Floor Gassiot HouseSt Thomas' Hospital Westminster Bridge RoadLondon SE1 7EHjoanna.taylor@gstt.nhs.uk

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London - PaddingtonAffiliated Group

The Fountains Abbey PubFirst Floor Meeting Room109 Praed StreetLondonW2 1RL020 3313 0303OGCNS@imperial.nhs.uk

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London - Royal MarsdenAffiliated Group

Downs Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5PTand Fulham Road, LondonSW3 6JJ020 7821 1301nancy.hollendoner@btinternet.com

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LutonAffiliated Group

Luton & Dunstable HospitalLewsey RoadLutonLU4 0DZ01582 497 971wendy.shearsmith@ldh.nhs.uk

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MaidstoneAffiliated Group

Maidstone HospitalPost Graduate CentreHermitage LaneMaidstone, KentME16 9QQ01622 224675ajones7@nhs.net

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Manchester - SalfordAffiliated Group

Salford Royal (Hope) HospitalStott LaneSalfordM6 8HD0161 427 2346johnshuttleworth@opa.org.uk

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Manchester - Trafford General HospitalAffiliated Group

34 Golden WayUrmstonManchester M41 0NA katie.roberts@mft.nhs.uk

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Manchester - Wigan Support GroupAffiliated Group

St Peters PavillionHurst StreetHindleyNr WiganWN2 3DN0161 427 2346johnshuttleworth@opa.org.uk

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Manchester - WythenshaweAffiliated Group

Wythenshawe HospitalSouthmoor RoadWythenshaweManchesterM23 9LT0161 427 2346johnshuttleworth@opa.org.uk

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Mid-CheshireAffiliated Group

Macmillan Cancer Unit, Leighton HospitalMiddlewich RoadCreweCheshireCW1 4QJ01270 273803Vicky.Woodall@mcht.nhs.uk

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North DevonAffiliated Group

Barnstaple HotelBraunton RoadBarnstapleDevonEX31 1LE01271 314 147sarahdowson@nhs.net

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Preston GroupAffiliated Group

Vine House20 Cromwell Road Ribbleton PRESTON PR2 6YB01257 452384dcritchley@madasafish.com

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South Lincolnshire GroupAffiliated Group

C/o MacmillanPilgrim HospitalBostonPE21 9QS01205 445916lisa.dichmont@ulh.nhs.uk

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South WalesAffiliated Group

Royal Glamorgan HospitalYnysmaerdyPontyclunMid GlamorganCF72 8XR01443 443051Rhiannon.J.Bowen@wales.nhs.uk

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SurreyAffiliated Group

South East Cancer Help Centre2 Purley RoadPurleyCR8 2HA0208 668 0974prendergastmichael@hotmail.com

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WalsallAffiliated Group

Upper GI BluesAt The Manor HospitalMoat RoadWalsallWS2 9PS01922 442319bakeralfred49@yahoo.co.uk

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Watford & Mount VernonAffiliated Group

Mount Vernon & Watford Hospital Rickmansworth RoadNorthwoodMiddlesexHA6 2RN01923 844 546caroline.gee@nhs.net

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