St Bede's welcomes Chief Executive of Hospice UK for a visit

Posted on Fri, 07/06/2019

Staff from St Bede's had a successful day showcasing their In-Patient Palliative Care Unit to the Chief Executive of the national charity of hospice care this week.

Chief Executive of Hospice UK, Tracey Bleakley, visited Gateshead to take a tour of St Bede's In-Patient Palliative Care Unit to find out more about the specialist palliative and end of life care we provide for our patients and their families.

Tracey is a passionate campaigner for accessible palliative and end of life care services for all patients regardless of their diagnosis, social circumstances, personal values and beliefs.

During her visit, Sister Liz Lough, Ward Manager of St Bede’s gave Tracey a tour of the unit which involved meeting  with staff, patients and their families to find out more about palliative and end of life care in Gateshead, including hospital and community settings.

St Bede’s In-Patient Palliative Care Unit is a ten bedded unit with eight single en-suite rooms and one double en-suite room. The unit plays a vital role in caring and supporting patients and their families at various stages of their illness, providing complex symptom management, palliative and end of life care. 

The multidisciplinary team work together to provide individualised care to each patient, helping to alleviate symptoms, provide emotional and physical support and in some cases making arrangements for patients to return home to continue with their medical treatments comfortably. Art therapists and counselling services are also provided to help patients and their families navigate their illness and help find comfort and clarity through open conversations.

Tracey Bleakley said: “Good palliative care is everyone's business and whether a family is being looked after by a hospice, hospital or community team at home, everyone deserves the very best care.  

“I'm delighted to have visited St Bede's as it’s a great example of how patients and families can be supported within an acute hospital setting and a model we hope to see in many more hospitals.”

Dawn Orr, Macmillan palliative care nurse consultant, said: “We were thrilled to welcome Tracey to visit our unit.  Whilst she was here we were able to showcase the excellent services we provide for our palliative and end of life care patients, families and carers.

“Our team take great pride in providing comfort and high standards of care to patients and their families’ during a difficult time, so it’s a welcome recognition that Tracey chose to visit St Bede’s during her time in the North East. We hope to welcome her back soon.”

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