Breaking The Stigma

Christine gives us an update on the past 6 months. How she goes back home, takes part in the Wellbeing Centre, and her return to the Inpatient Unit.

Christine was initially introduced to the Inpatient Unit when she began deteriorating with stage 4 lung cancer, which she was told is incurable. She spent some time in James Cook Hospital Trauma Unit, where she was then introduced to our hospice: “When I came in, they showed me the room, and gave me some oxygen and pain relief, which really helped control my symptoms.”“I was so ill, so I had to go to hospital. That’s where I met a Macmillan Nurse. She said: “I’m going to see if I can get you into Teesside Hospice.” 

My initial, dreaded thought was that this is the place I’m going to go and die. I accepted it at this point, I felt ready to die. But I came in, and I’ve never been hugged by my children the past couple of years, with everything going on. A Doctor came in and said “we’re going to get you well again.”, and he hugged me, and he held me for so long. He said “it’s our job to get you well, and we will get you well.” I was able to sleep throughout the night, for the first time in 2 years. When I woke up, I was pain free, everything felt surreal, I started to improve.”6 months on, Christine spent some time away from the Inpatient Unit in the comfort of her own home. But she returned to spend some time in the Wellbeing Centre to participate in activities with other patients, who are going through similar situations. 

Unfortunately, she began deteriorating again, and needed to receive further Inpatient Care. “I’m quite a resident here really. It’s getting worse. I know it’s getting worse. But each time, they lift my spirits. There is hope here. At home, my family don’t live with me, and my husband who isn’t very well can’t help me. Here, you come in, and straight away it’s a cup of tea in the morning and a “what would you like for breakfast, Christine?”. 

At home, you’re struggling to get out of bed, making sure you get something to eat, and managing your medication. But here, it’s sorted for you, everything is sorted for you here. They’re always here for me, and I’m so glad they are."

Whilst staying with us, you’ll have access to our 24-hour specialist care in a comfortable and relaxed environment. A real home from home, where your needs come first. We will do everything we can to make your stay just as you would like it to be. You will always have control of your care plan and the reassurance of a nurse call system with nurses available 24 hours per day, and a doctor available on call.

We take referrals from GPs, Consultants, hospital staff, Macmillan Nurses, Community Nurses and other Specialist Nurses. If you feel you may benefit from our care, please talk to one of these healthcare professionals, to find out how we can support you and your loved ones.

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