Our Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice is addressing misconceptions around hospice care by appearing on Monday 26th February's BBC One broadcast of Look North at 6.30pm.
If you've never visited a hospice, you're likely to think that a hospice is a sad place where people go to die; where the atmosphere is gloomy and you will be surrounded by old people. With these myths in mind, it’s no surprise that many people are worried and apprehensive when they're told they would benefit from hospice care.
These are just some of the misconceptions surrounding hospice care – but we at Sue Ryder are determined to prove that the reality is far from this.
On Monday 26th February on BBC One at 6.30pm, BBC Look North will air a news piece about our Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds followed by a special report at 7.30pm on Inside Out.
Helping people understand our work
BBC healthcare correspondent Jamie Coulson has been talking to staff, patients and families at Wheatfields Hospice to find out exactly what hospice care is all about, along with the range of care services people can access – from inpatient and day care through to care in their own home.
The report will demonstrate how everyone – from our clinicians and nursing staff to our housekeepers and cooks – ensures that patients are not only medically cared for, but that everyone who matters in their life is supported as well; how we help build precious memories while they are with us because a birthday or an anniversary, or even a special wish to spend a day at the seaside, are important moments in life to celebrate.
"It’s so important for us to help people understand the important work we do," says Dr Chris Kane, Consultant in Palliative Care Medicine at Wheatfields. "Often people are worried about attending the hospice because of what public perception can be.
"I really hope this shows people that we’re there to help people live the fullest life possible for the longest time possible," he adds, "and also that being part of the hospice community can bring joy into their lives."
"It’s an amazing opportunity to highlight the work of the hospice," agrees Hospice Director Kate Bratt-Farrar. "What has been truly heartening is how willing our patients and their families have been to speak to the reporter. We even had one woman who hadn’t been fully admitted who was happy to be filmed by the cameras.
"I’m massively proud of our team, and the commitment and compassion they show every day to our patients and their loved ones," Kate concludes.