“It’s Not What You Think!” Mr Bob Taylor gives us a patient’s view of Wirral Hospice St John’s #inpatients #wirralhospice #wellbeing #goodqualitycare #caring #thankyou

It's Not What You ThinkMr Bob Taylor of Eastham, who has spent a little bit of time on Wirral Hospice St John’s Inpatient ward, wanted to share his thoughts about spending time at the hospice. In his writing he wanted to emphasise ‘IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK’ throughout, and these are his words below. (He also didn’t want his photo taken, so we’ve taken some of the ward teams – starting with volunteers, Sue and Barbara, ready to take patients their morning coffee/tea).

IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK

“My name is Bob Taylor. I have lung cancer and I would like to share my thoughts about Wirral Hospice St John’s

When you first hear the word ‘hospice’ a lot of people, myself included, think it’s the end. How wrong we are. It’s so far from it!

This is my second visit. I was admitted this time to get some pain control and to rest a little, so that I could get to a level where I can go back home.

This time I’ve been here for a couple of weeks. I really wasn’t feeling at all well when I came in, but now I know I’ll be going home again in a day or two.

Once again the hospice has done an excellent job.

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I could write lots of positive things about the different members of staff and volunteers who attend to my symptoms and comforts. The best way I can think of is that they give all of us patients FIVE STAR care.

It’s top quality care by top quality people.

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INWYT 2On my first visit to the hospice, as I became a little better, a lady* came and asked me what I wanted for breakfast.

Being a Smart Alec, I asked for bacon, egg, sausage, black pudding, beans and toast. She apologised because, just then, there was no black pudding! I couldn’t believe it when a few minutes later a full breakfast turned up at my bedside.

It was so fresh, the butter hadn’t fully melted into my hot toast! She then asked me if I wanted her to order some black pudding for the next day. (Nothing was too much for her).

Every meal at the hospice is cooked on-site to an excellent standard in, what I found out, is a FIVE STAR food standards authority, kitchen. (Pictured left, l-r, Margie* (cook), Toni (volunteer), Elaine (catering supervisor) and Mary (volunteer))

IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK

If in the future you are offered a place at Wirral Hospice St John’s for pain management, and/or symptom control and for the right type of rest, do not give it a second thought, GIVE IT A GO!”

Thank You, Mr Bob Taylor, for the kind words. Thank you also to wife, Yvonne, with all their family and friends who are also helping the hospice to raise funds, from personal donations to taking part in supporter and hospice events, they are an inspiration to everyone at Wirral Hospice St John’s.

Author: Billy Howard (with major contribution by Bob Taylor)

New Marie Curie report highlights inequalities in #palliative care non-cancer patients receive

wirral_hospice_dr_catherine_hayle_consultantA new Marie Curie report out today reveals inequalities across the country for people needing to access non-cancer palliative care services.

Wirral Hospice St John’s supports the findings of this report and understands how difficult it can be for patients with conditions other than cancer to access the right care for them. There can be a lot of confusion about what hospice care is for, because there is an assumption that it is solely for people with cancer requiring care at the very end of their lives. Although the majority of Wirral Hospice’s patients do have cancer, it also provides care for people with a much broader range of illnesses, including heart, kidney, lung and neurological conditions.

Dr Catherine Hayle, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Wirral Hospice, specialises in non-cancer conditions. She joined the Hospice two years ago and her role is to develop non-cancer care services, and to strengthen relationships with GPs and health teams across Wirral so that its specialist care can be accessed by anyone who needs it.

“In just two years, we have seen a huge increase in non-cancer referrals. This is really important because it is vital that people with chronic illnesses are able to access good quality care in the same way that patients with cancer can.

As well as caring for our patients in terms of physical symptom management, we also provide practical and emotional support. And crucially, we provide support to a patient’s carers and family too. By looking at the whole picture, the Hospice can help those living with serious illness to achive the best possible quality of life for them and their family.”

Dr Hayle was interviewed live on BBC Radio Merseyside this morning, scroll to 1hr 6mins to listen to the whole piece.

If you or anyone you know might benefit from hospice care, please contact your GP or visit Wirral Hospice’s website to find out more.

Author: Teresa Nightingale

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