Hospice hubs support patients in rural areas

St Elizabeth Hospice has started providing its services in satellite locations across rural east Suffolk.

The local charity, which provides care and support for people living with a progressive illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease and heart failure, has recently started running a hospice hub every other Tuesday in Hartismere Hospital, Eye. 

Hospice patients can access doctor and nurse clinics without having to travel to the main hospice building in Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

This is one of several centres for hospice outpatient clinics, where patients can access services closer to home. 

Verity Jolly, St Elizabeth Hospice’s director of patient services, said: “Living in a rural county can make it difficult for some people to come into the hospice for doctor or nurse clinics. We support people right across east Suffolk so we want to make it as easy as possible for them to benefit from our help in their own communities. 

“The centre in Eye has been positively received by local people and our intention is to open more centres as need arises.”

The services in Eye complement the hospice’s other outreach activity including a range of nursing, medical and therapy support in people’s own homes. 

St Elizabeth Hospice provides its vital services to more than 2,000 patients and their families across east Suffolk every year. If you would like to find out more about the hospice and its services, click here

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