The national head of Macmillan Cancer Support is coming to North Devon District Hospital to see the new centre for seriously-ill patients that her charity has funded.
Judy Beard, Acting Chief Executive, will meet staff on the Supportive Care Suite and hopes to spend time both with a patient and with a family that has benefited from the development.
The suite has been specially designed for people who need palliative care, easing pain and providing support in the later stages of illnesses such as cancer. It enables staff, relatives and friends to be on hand 24 hours a day.
The suite has a patient bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and a small living area with television, radio and breakfast bar for family and carers.
The joint development enables Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, to offer specialist care for patients away from the bustle of the main wards. It also complements the support provided for patients at the North Devon Hospice.
Macmillan Cancer Support’s aim is to improve the lives of people affected by cancer by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support, and by pushing for better cancer care.
Mezzi Franklin, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist at the hospital, said: “We’re very pleased that Judy’s here to see the results of Macmillan’s investment in North Devon The suite has been wonderful for patients and their families, who need all the support they can get at such a difficult time.”
Judy Beard said: “I’m very pleased to visit the North Devon District Hospital and look forward to hearing how the Supportive Care Suite is improving hospital stays for local people affected by cancer. It’s always rewarding to see how money raised by Macmillan can make a real difference to people’s lives.”