In this blog, Dr Zoe Salmon shares her experiences of a career spanning 16 years providing expert and compassionate palliative care to families in Gloucestershire at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.
Sue Ryder is calling on the Government to commit to more sustainable funding for the hospice care sector, having commissioned an independent report looking into the rise in demand and cost for end of life care services over the next ten years.
TV doctor, author and NHS GP, Dr Amir Khan, has been appointed as the first ambassador for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice near Keighley.
As Government plans for legislation to reform the NHS and integration of services are revealed, Sue Ryder is calling for closer involvement with specialist care providers so that they can contribute to decision making and effectively support those they care for during the pandemic.
Your first Valentine’s Day after the death of a loved one can be a painful reminder of what you’ve lost. Bianca Neumann, Head of Bereavement at Sue Ryder, offers advice on how to face Valentine’s Day for the first time without your partner by your side.
Sue Ryder encourages those grieving to ‘reach out’ amidst huge increase in demand for bereavement services
A year since the first coronavirus death in the UK, Sue Ryder has seen a significant rise in the need for its bereavement support. The charity is encouraging those who have lost loved ones to ‘reach out’ and seek support for their grief, as the number of people who have died with the virus is now over 100,000.
“We cannot wait for reforms to take place; we need immediate funding or our services will be at risk”
NHS England and NHS Improvement have opened a consultation on building a strong, integrated care system across England. Whilst Sue Ryder welcomes the general direction of travel, the overall lack of detail within the proposals mean many questions remain.
John Downing was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer, in January 2019. As his health deteriorated earlier last year and lockdown started, John was able to spend his final days at home with his wife Anita supported by nurses from Sue Ryder’s South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub. In his memory, Anita has created an Incredible Memories Tribute page and has since raised over £4,000 for Sue Ryder.
“I have more time to spend with the people that I look after and I feel that I am able to give the quality of care each of them deserves”
Sue Ryder Nurse Cecilia Mwenda joined the team at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe in March last year. She talks about the importance of building relationships with the people she cares for and the more personal support this allows her to provide, as well as the challenges they've faced at Stagenhoe during the pandemic.
“I can’t thank Wheatfields enough for the amazing care. There was such humanity, they genuinely care about each individual as a person”
Gemma Sisson and Ricky Moore had been together for nearly 16 years but never found the time to plan a wedding. So, when Gemma was admitted to Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice with terminal cancer during the first lockdown, staff pulled out all the stops to help them tie the knot. Ricky has since vowed to keep on fundraising for Wheatfields.