Steve McCabe MP supports St Mary’s Hospice on national hospice care week

Steve McCabe MP is supporting Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice by raising awareness of its Hospice at Home service as part of the national Hospice Care Week on the 6 -12 October 2014.

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice has held a week of celebrations for National Hospice Care Week. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Hospice Care, everywhere’ and Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is highlighting the work of its Hospice at Home team with a week of activity with the aim to raise public awareness about the many ways in which hospice care is delivered beyond hospice buildings.

Hospice at Home cares for over 1000 people and their families a year and looks after not just the patient’s physical needs but emotional and spiritual too. The Hospice at Home team consists of a nurse manager, three registered nurses, and five healthcare assistants experienced with terminal illness.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“Being the local MP I am aware of the excellent work of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice. This is why I am supporting Hospice Care Week to help change the myths surrounding hospices. Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice has 25 inpatient beds at the hospice and 400 in people’s own homes within the local community. What many people do not realise is that 50% of people who are admitted to a hospice return home. Care really does mean everywhere and I am very proud to support this campaign.”

Trish Squire, Hospice at Home Manager/Clinical Development said: “For many years Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice has offered care in the community through its Community Palliative Care Team, even offering  palliative care services in prisons. The development of the Hospice at Home service has enabled us to care for people who are at the final stage of their illness and have expressed a wish to die at home. It is really important that people are in an environment they feel most comfortable with and surrounded by loved ones. We knew there was a demand to provide this service for the local community and the care is very much planned to the individual’s needs. It is really important that we raise awareness that people can be cared for in the familiarity of their own home as well as other places as part of Hospice Care Week.”

There are many ways that you can help your local hospice and ensure that these valuable services continue in your community, visit http://www.birminghamhospice.org.uk/get-started-now for more information

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