Trinity Hospice, Low Moor Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY2 0BG
The Hospice at home team leave me lost for words. From the minute my father in law (David Heaton) came to stay with us, to the minute he left our home for Trinity, as an inpatient, the Hospice at home team were there for us all. Not only supporting my father in law, but our immediate family as well. Their care, compassion and understanding was ever present. No matter what time of day (or night) they were there for us. Never more than a phone call away for help, assistance or just advice. When they called to the house, there was never any sign of timescales. Their jackets/coats came off, they tended to dad, then sat with us to chat, discuss or just listen. The end game, of my dads cancer, was know to us for some time. The outcome, we had prepared ourselves for as best one can. In fairness, nothing prepares you fully when the inevitable happens. The team know that. Even when we said we were fine, looking back, they knew we weren't and the offers for help (or just to chat a while) were so important and heartfelt. Our gratitude is imense, our thoughts and love is extended to them all. Thank you so very much. Stuart & Pauline Curwen
From the minute my father in law (David Heaton) was taken to Trinity (Low Moor Road) to the time he passed away enough words cannot be spoken or written to express what the nurses, doctors & volunteers provided in the way of care, compassion and understanding during what was a very difficult time. He was on Blue ward for about a week. He was an very private man, liked minimal fuss, never complained, said hello, fine, bye, thank you at most and could appear rude (although very respectful) when being attended to. They took that in their stride. They respected his wishes in every detail. Listened to what he wanted. They talked to us about what he liked and delivered a high level of care based on his physical, personal and emotional needs at all times, ensuring that we were always kept fully informed. I could name individuals, but I wont, as I'm totally confident that the care we received is across the board at this wonderful place. Cancer is a blight on modern society. It's an awful disease, that can, for some, have an awful ending. To maintain a persons dignity (especially when the prognosis is terminal), is so difficult, especially when the symptoms are ever changing. With family member in attendance for lengthy periods of time, the staff & volunteers have a dual role to play and they do it so very well. At hospitals, visitors are just that. Visitors. At Trinity, it's a bit like being welcomed into a temporary family. No matter if you are a patient or a family member. We will never be able to extend enough gratitude or forget them. Thank you.
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