Care Week welcomes all at Welwyn Garden City hospice event

PUBLISHED: 11:35 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:41 10 October 2018

The late Rob Clough and his wife Sue. Picture: supplied by Isabel Hospice

The late Rob Clough and his wife Sue. Picture: supplied by Isabel Hospice

supplied by Isabel Hospice

Isabel Hospice is welcoming visitors for afternoon tea today in an information session that aims to raise the profile of their work caring for patients in Welwyn Garden City and beyond during Hospice Care Week.

The late Rob Clough and his wife Sue. Picture: supplied by Isabel HospiceThe late Rob Clough and his wife Sue. Picture: supplied by Isabel Hospice

During the nationwide campaign, Isabel Hospice’s event will highlight the work they do caring for people like Rob Clough from Welwyn Garden City.

Rob was a patient with the hospice for five years, receiving care at home for his Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and enabling him to stay out of hospital.

His wife Sue said: “Rob had a very strong will to live, but he also had very high quality care at home that kept him happy, comfortable and free from infection.

“The hospice’s palliative consultant visited him regularly and her invaluable experience in managing complex medical conditions meant that she was able to control multiple symptoms.

“He trusted her absolutely and looked forward to her visits.

“This continuity of care was vital to the stability of his health and his mental wellbeing.

“She was able to make him comfortable and relaxed in his day chair - no easy task - keeping a close eye on his hydration and general health, whilst massaging his feet and having meaningful chats about life.”

The ‘hospice at home’ nurse, who visited fortnightly, became a “treasured friend”, said Sue, who found that the nurse’s visits also gave her a welcome rest.

Rob, who passed away with dignity in his own home at the age of 69, is one of 1,555 people cared for by an Isabel Hospice nurse in the last year.

Just 153 of them needed inpatient care at the hospice’s unit at Howlands.

To keep this service going next year, the charity needs around £4.7million of support, making campaigns like Hospice Care Week essential to remind people just what it takes to help people with MND, lung disease, cancer and heart failure live and pass away with dignity.

The Wednesday event, titled ‘What Is Hospice Care’, will also spread the word of other services Isabel Hospice offers.

Lecturer and practitioner Nicky Wood said: “Local people can now refer themselves to Isabel Hospice by calling one of our duty clinical nurse specialists, not something many people may know.

“We would love to welcome members of the public, as well as healthcare staff along, to hear more about the Hospice movement, our plans for caring for more people, earlier in their journey, and join us of a cream tea after the session.”

The event, which is between 2pm and 4.30pm, is free and all are welcome.

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