Hospice direc­tor stars on To­day

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THE direc­tor of a lo­cal hospice fea­tured on BBC Ra­dio 4’s To­day pro­gramme as part of an ex­tended re­port on hospice care.

To­day pre­sen­ter Justin Webb vis­ited the Hospice of St Fran­cis the week be­fore the show aired on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 8 to speak to its direc­tor Dr Ros Tay­lor in her role as Hospice UK’s Na­tional direc­tor for hospice care, as well as to pa­tients, staff and vol­un­teers, all of whom spoke about how hospice care has changed their lives.

Dr Tay­lor said: “Justin’s re­port re­ally cap­tured the essence of what hospices are all about. We hope it’ll sur­prise the public and help raise aware­ness about the range of ser­vices and con­di­tions that are sup­ported by hospices and how we could be the so­lu­tion to many of the prob­lems faced by peo­ple living and dy­ing with ad­vanc­ing ill­ness.”

The nine-minute fea­ture fo­cused on how hospices are no longer just about end-of-life care but how they can help Hospice of St Fran­cis direc­tor Dr Ros Tay­lor with To­day pre­sen­ter Justin Webb peo­ple with chronic ill­ness or those re­cov­er­ing from surgery and how they could help with the hos­pi­tal bed cri­sis – not by pro­vid­ing more hospice beds but by ex­port­ing its care into peo­ple’s homes, care homes and hos­pi­tals.

To lis­ten to the fea­ture, visit http://www.bbc.co. uk/pro­grammes/p02jp9g2.

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