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New Day Hospice Service launched in Swanage

by | Apr 24, 2024 | Clinical, News, Volunteers | 0 comments

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care has launched a new Day Hospice service in Swanage.

The Swanage Day hospice service opened its doors at Swanage Cricket Club on 19th April. The launch was attended and celebrated by staff and patients.

Amy Coates, Senior Purbeck Staff Nurse advised, “We are really pleased to be offering these additional services in Swanage, following increased patient numbers in the area and identifying this unique need for further support in the community. The Swanage Day Hospice will run every Friday from 10 – 3pm and will accommodate around 10 patients, some new to us and some who currently attend our Wimborne facility but would benefit from being able to access services closer to home, which is very much part of our long-term care strategy.

“Each week the services offered will rotate between Complementary Therapies, Creative Art and Occupational Therapy.”

Day Hospice Clinical Team Manager Debbie Tallick-Wyatt added, “This essential new service will mean that we will need more volunteers, in particular patient drivers, to assist our patients in getting to our Day Care in Swanage.  Anyone interested in the opportunity to become a Lewis-Manning volunteer is urged to get in touch.”

Maggie Hardy, a now retired past Purbeck NHS manager, who is still very interested in the provision of local based services said, “I’m delighted that Lewis-Manning is working with the cricket club and they are able to support the charity in such a wonderful building. There will be other local groups using the location, including the Parkinson’s Support Group. There is great synergy here for the community.”

A patient Brian added, “I’m excited to come here in Swanage on Fridays now instead of Wareham on a Tuesday, this is closer to home. This gives me somewhere to go and something to do to get out of the house. And it gives my wife, who is my full time cared, some peace!”

A patient Rod said, “In everything I have done throughout my life I have always felt the need to try to be useful. Lewis-Manning helps me do this. I feel I want to support the others in the group, support my wife by giving her a break, while I can enjoy some exercise and any activities.”

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care CEO Clare Gallie concluded, “We are delighted to bring another important end of life service to Swanage. Our local charity is here to support people with life limiting illness and is already helping patients and their families at home and closer to home.”

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