Julia Fleming is a consultant at St Catherine’s. Here she shares a few thoughts about what it’s like being a doctor at our hospice at the moment. “Although it’s difficult to think about anything other than coronavirus at [...]
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“I’ve been told I don’t have long, but I’m still relatively young and not sure I’m ready to go yet. I don’t want to have my disease but if I have to be looked after, this is the best place. Lovely things happen here, so while I’m sad about what’s happened to me, I’m not worried or frightened about being in the hospice when the time comes.”
At St Catherine’s, we all work together to provide the best care and support our local community: from caring for our patients on the Inpatient Unit and out in the community, to providing bereavement support through out Patient and Family Support team. We also rely on our support service teams to help keep our pioneering care going, such as our Fundraising, Finance, IT and Trading teams.
“In a hospital you’re just a patient but in a hospice, you’re a person. The biggest impact my stay here at St Catherine’s has had is on my family: it’s brought us closer together at a time that is so challenging for every single one of us. I was in such a bad place with it all, and I couldn’t face up to what was happening to me. With the support both medically and emotionally from St Catherine’s, I’ve been able to address my illness and think about the future. It’s honestly saved us.”
“Coming to Day Hospice is the highlight of my week. When you’re not strong, due to illness, and you’re living a restricted life, this place gives you something. It gives me something to look forward to, something to treasure. I forget about my illness, just for a while, which is a true blessing. It’s an angelic place, full of compassion, and every day that I come here I feel completely enveloped in love. Nothing is too much trouble for the team here.”