A follower of this blog recently wrote to me to suggest that I should write something about the Marie Curie nurses and highlight the work they do.
He had found out that Marie Curie Cancer Care was started back in 1948 following the donation of a single diamond ring left in a Will.
I have worked with Marie Curie nurses for many years and been aware of their professional, discreet input in the the care of terminally ill patients who wish to die at home but their families have felt unable for whatever reason to manage by themselves. I have called at homes at different times of day and night to find these dedicated caring nurses tending their patients in a dignified way and giving the families and carers the support they need at such a difficult time.
Several years ago we provided a venue at the surgery to discuss their cases and to give each other support and we have allowed them to leave a collection box with the familiar daffodil badge in exchange for a donation. They do rely on these donations and legacies to employ their qualified nurses in people’s homes as well as running their hospices.
Marie Curie Nurses, always free of charge to patients and carers, provide home care for thousands of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses across the UK every year. As of 2013 Marie Curie Nurses cared for around 50 per cent of all cancer patients who die at home, working by day or through the night.
They have nine Marie Curie Hospices across the UK providing expert care and the best quality of life for people with terminal illnesses.
They are the biggest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS, and are expanding outpatient and day services at all the hospices. The hospices reached 7,897 people in 2012-13.
If you want to know more about their work and this organisation. You may know of someone who might want to engage a Marie Curie nurse.
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