Over 100 local patients benefit from new St Elizabeth Hospice care

St Elizabeth Hospice is delighted to announce that it has now cared for more than 100 local people in Waveney and Great Yarmouth since it recently expanded services there.

Figures just released show since last April (2012), 105 patients have benefited from the Hospice’s new services in Lowestoft, Ditchingham, Gorleston and Beccles.

And there have been more than 150 phone calls giving local patients, their carers and local health professionals expert advice by specialist nurses, including via calls to the Hospice’s 24-hour adviceline OneCall which was launched in Waveney and Great Yarmouth in November 2012.

St Elizabeth Hospice’s Chief Executive Jane Petit said: “We knew there was a huge need for hospice services in this area locally and these figures prove that patients and their carers are coming forward to get the specialist help they have always needed.”

Mrs Petit said the feedback from patients – who have been referred with illnesses including cancer, kidney failure, Motor Neurone Disease and respiratory failure – had been excellent.

She added: “We are pleased so many patients have come forward and we know these figures will grow each month as the word spreads and we continue to raise awareness of our services.”

St Elizabeth Hospice is an independent local charity investing £2.2 million over three years to expand its services in Waveney and Great Yarmouth. In 2012, it opened new specialist palliative day care services in Lowestoft, Ditchingham and Gorleston. Since last April, St Elizabeth Hospice has also been providing three hospice beds in conjunction with All Hallows Hospital, Ditchingham.

The Hospice’s new services are provided free of charge and are part of the charity’s strategy to meet the need for specialist palliative care in Great Yarmouth and Waveney and enable patients to access services closer to home.

Patient Richard Brighton, 29, of Gorleston, (pictured below) said: “I had just finished chemotherapy for cancer when I was told about the new St Elizabeth Hospice service.

” I have been getting a lot of support from it and have benefited in many ways. I would encourage people who think St Elizabeth Hospice can help them to get in touch with their staff.”
The charity, which has been providing services in East Suffolk since 1989, relies on the support of local people to grow local Hospice care for local people via donations, fundraising and visiting its shops in Lowestoft, Halesworth and Great Yarmouth. It is due to open more shops in North Suffolk this year.

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