Hospice Care Week is coming!

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Date published: Thursday 21 September 2017 | 07.48 GMT

St Clare prepares to celebrate Hospice Care Week

We are highlighting our diverse range of services available to all local people and their families as we prepare to celebrate national Hospice Care Week (9-15 October).

St Clare is marking Hospice UK’s national week of campaigning with the theme ‘We are hospice care’ and will be celebrating the dedication and expertise of its team of more than 135 skilled staff and 500 committed volunteers.

St Clare Hospice chief executive, Sarah Thompson, said: “Every year St Clare Hospice offers care and support to over 1,800 people across West Essex and East Herts. This support is unique to the individual, helping those with a life-limiting condition to live life as fully as possible. This Hospice Care Week we are keen to showcase just how varied and surprising St Clare’s services are – and to make sure all local clinical staff, supporters and residents are aware of our care and the wide range of expert support that is on offer to help local people.”

Sarah Thompson said: “Everything we do at St Clare is only possible because of the dedication and expertise of our hundreds of staff and volunteers. This year’s Hospice Care Week theme, ‘We are hospice care’, gives us a chance to showcase the huge array of services that we provide at St Clare – and to show local people that hospice care is about much more than just care in a bed, on a ward.”

Sarah continued: “So many people are surprised that we provide care in people’s own homes, and that we support people from diagnosis, not just in the last few days and weeks. Many health and social care staff, as well as local residents, are not aware that we give such varied care. From providing physiotherapy and complementary therapy, to creative art and social groups, we offer support for the whole person, not just help with their medical needs. We are also not just there for the patient, but for their whole circle of family and friends too. It is so important that we use this national awareness week to let local people know that we are here for them.”

St Clare Hospice is opening its doors to welcome local clinical professionals to find out more about us during Hospice Care Week.

The ‘Breakfast with St Clare’ event is being hosted by St Clare Patron, Dame Claire Bertschinger DBE DL RGN, on Tuesday 10 October 2017 and is open to all health, social and voluntary care professionals in West Essex and East Herts.

For more about the event visit: www.stclarehospice.org.uk/event/breakfast-st-clare

For information about how you, your workplace, community group or school can get involved with marking Hospice Care Week visit: www.stclarehospice.org.uk/event/hospice-care-week

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