New building work: update on progress #familiesmatter

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Carole & Jerry get appropriately kitted out for the tour!

A small group of Wirral Hospice St John’s staff were very lucky to be shown around the building works. At this stage, it really is a building site in the broadest sense of the phrase. Cement mixers on the go, scaffolding scaling the outside and the inside of the building, cranes lifting heavy equipment, workers with fluorescent jackets and hard hats busily drilling, hammering and using tools we don’t even know the name of!

However, it has helped us to gain a better understanding of what it will look like when it’s finished, which will hopefully be May/June 2014. It’s very exciting for our staff who will be based in this regenerated section of our Hospice. The plan is for our medical and clinical teams to share the space to ensure that we are patient-centred in providing the highest levels of care and support that each individual patient, their carers and family need from us.

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Wirral Hospice promotes #dignity in care

wirral_hospice_dignity_in_careAll this week, Wirral Hospice is promoting dignity in care. This is in support of Dignity Action Day, a campaign organised by the National Dignity Council that aims to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

The promotion of dignity in care will apply to all aspects of the Hospice’s work: outpatient clinics, therapy, the inpatient ward and the Hospice at Home service.

Every month, the Hospice can see and support more than two hundred patients through its outpatients clinics and day therapy unit, which are staffed by a caring and experienced team. As well as meeting with medical experts, patients and their families and carers can access a wide range of support and activities, information and services to help them to continue leading an active and independent life in the community for as long as possible. Every effort is made to work with individuals to reflect their personal needs and wishes.

Day therapy gives people the opportunity to deal with pain and symptom control issues; it also helps people address fears, anxieties and worries they may have about what they and their family are facing. It provides time to meet and share experiences with other people who are coping with similar challenges in a warm, welcoming and supportive environment.

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