A year ago next month, the long-awaited £4.1million Margaret Kerr Unit opened to patients, offering palliative care and help to those wanting end-of-life care at home have their wish.
Palliative medicine locum consultant, Annabel Howell, said: “We have had more than 200 admissions, with the majority going home, and the unit has been full to capacity, apart from a couple of days, since we opened.
“Patients’ and relatives’ comments on the environment include ‘peaceful, bright, wonderful space to look after patients’.”
Ms Howell said the service itself has been described as ‘wonderful’ and ‘compassionate’, and one grateful relative said: “I wish every area in the UK had a unit like this. My relative received the best care possible”
Ms Howell continued: “We all enjoy working in an environment that allows us to provide holistic care to our patients and their relatives. The unit is spacious, calm and uplifting. What’s special about the unit is the feeling that you are supported as if you were in a hospital, receiving specialist palliative care interventions, but with the comforts of a home environment.”
Already the unit has hosted weddings and blessings; there has been a football tournament in memory of a loved one, and grateful son Lee Seymour donated more than £400 from backing jockey Ryan Mania in the Grand National, in memory of his mum.