Hos­pice hits the road to show­case care ser­vices

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

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

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