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"My stay helped me feel better mentally"

Being diagnosed with any form of cancer is a scary and stressful time for individuals and their families, but being diagnosed in the midst of a worldwide pandemic simply adds to the worry and uncertainty.

Fortunately, having received her diagnosis for pancreatic cancer in July and starting treatment, Anne Norton recently spent four weeks at the Hospice having symptom control and said her stay was just what she needed.

“From the moment I arrived here and was put in my bed, I felt that all my feelings of stress were lifted off my shoulders”, Anne told us.

“The doctors and nurses on the Inpatient Unit are compassionate, kind and willing to do anything to make me feel looked after and comfortable. They even brought me warm milk, biscuits and rubbed my back in the middle of the night when I was in pain.

“It’s not a threatening place at all and I can get information about my treatment from anybody which is great, because I don’t feel in the dark about what is going on with me. It’s also the little things that make a huge difference, like when the nurses offered me a bath. I remember thinking ‘that is just what I want’. It was so lovely.

“The team here are great. Whenever you need them, they are there and they have helped me to accept my limitations. The Hospice is also a very clean environment too.

“The one thing I would say to people when they go to the Hospice is not to be frightened, as coming here has helped me feel so much better mentally.”

Formally an art teacher for retired people, Anne now intends to donate some of her artwork to help raise funds for the Hospice.

Here at Garden House Hospice Care, our Inpatient Unit continues to offer dedicated support and care to patients with a wide range of symptoms associated with a life-limiting illness, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. We continue to provide a high standard of care in a relaxed atmosphere and would like to thank the continued support of our community in keeping our services open for patients and their families.

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