Hospice hits the road to showcase care services
EAST Cheshire Hospice is going on the road to showcase its services to the community.
The charity is staging its first hospice Expo at Macclesfield Methodist Church Hall, Westminster Road, on Friday, September 11.
The hospice is inviting the public to go along to find out more about its work and some of the links with other healthcare groups.
Karyn Johnston, communications director at East Cheshire Hospice, said: “We understand there might be some people who are nervous about visiting us on site or feel they don’t want to intrude. The Expo is their opportunity to find out what goes on.
“They’ll be able to speak to those involved in the care and support of our patients and their families and see first-hand how the money raised by the community is spent.
”This is the first Expo and if successful we’ll take it to surrounding areas.”
The exhibition will last from 10am-4pm with a coffee morning and afternoon tea included.
From noon until 2pm, there will be presentations on the work of the hospice and its ambitions for the future.
For instance, East Cheshire is involved in a partnership to tackle dementia in Cheshire.
An NHS report estimates that a third of those over 60 will die with dementia, many with complex physical and psychological needs.
Another innovation is an IT system in which GPs have instant access to updates on hospice patient records.
This secure online format is designed to improve end-of-life care for patients, their families and the healthcare professionals supporting them.
A thanksgiving service will follow between 7pm and 8pm at the Methodist Church on the same day and admission is free to both events.
●● Karyn Johnston, communications director at East Cheshire Hospice