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Celebrating Hospice Care Week

Hospice Care Week is a national awareness week taking place this year on 7-13 October 2019. Organised by Hospice UK, the theme this year is ‘This is what it takes’. It aims to show all the small things that hospices do that make a huge impact.

To celebrate, we are encouraging people to find out more about the different services it can offer local people living through terminal illness.

 Martlets Chief Executive Offer, Imelda Glackin commented:

“Since Martlets opened in 1997, more than 25,000 members of our community have been touched by our services and the support we have received from across Brighton and Hove has really helped to the change lives of people affected by incurable life-limiting illnesses.  However, many people are still not receiving the care and support they need as they don’t fully understand all the services that are available.

 Martlets want everyone affected by terminal illness to know they can still feel hope, purpose and possibility and make the most of the precious time they have left with family and friends. We are working towards changing perceptions of hospice care and want to help people understand that the earlier patients access hospice services, the better their quality of life can be.”

Hospice care can make such a positive difference to the lives of patients and their families. Year on year we care for an increasing number of patients across Brighton, Hove and neighbouring areas.  Most people receive care from Martlets in their own homes.  Patients visit the Martlets hospice for pain relief, physiotherapy, counselling, welfare advice and social activities. Others choose to spend their final days at the hospice or attend as inpatients for respite care or symptom management.

Geoff Farmer has been an outpatient at Martlets for over four years. He commented:

“Martlets has done practical things for me like getting me a blue disabled badge which has made a big difference to me getting around and being able to park near to where I’m going.

I’ve also talked to a counsellor and can do that again if I want to. Martlets has so much to offer that people just don’t know about.”

Our care is free for people over 18 who live in Brighton and Hove, the Deans or the Havens.  Our team provide care, compassion and support for people life-limiting illnesses. This includes terminal cancer, motor neurone disease (MND), Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and heart disease.  A GP, consultant specialist, pallative care team or district nurse can refer a patient to Martlets.

As a charity, the NHS only partially funds what we do. We rely on the generosity of the local community to keep hospice services running.  There are many ways to make a difference to us. From donating goods to shops, to playing our lottery or taking part in one of our events.  Every donation is vital and will help Martlets to continue to provide expert care to patients so they can live better in the precious time they have left.