You would expect that Walsall’s Goscote Hospice staff support patients with a life limiting illness but they also support patients’ families and loved ones when they are feeling equally vulnerable.
Did you know that patients’ pets have been welcomed into the hospice? If pets are important to you, they are important to us too.
And weddings are staged, birthdays marked and cultural events celebrated with much laughter – and generous helpings of cake!
This Hospice Care Week gives staff at Walsall’s Goscote Hospice an opportunity to take centre stage as the work they do is highlighted and recognised locally and nationally. Its focus is on raising awareness of the incredible work of hospices in opening up end of life care for all.
Since October 2020 the hospice, formerly known as St Giles, has been delivered as an integrated service through Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. It is housed at Walsall Palliative Care Centre in Goscote Lane, along with Fair Oaks Day Hospice and a range of other specialist palliative care services.
“We understand that many people fear hospices. The myth still exists that they are serious, sombre places but there is actually a lot of laughter and joy to be found in a hospice and they are a safe haven for patients, offering them individualised support that is tailored to their needs, as well as being mindful of the needs of their carers and families.”
Deb Jones, Palliative and End-of-Life Senior Sister/Ward Manager, added: “Hospices offer support from specialist doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and many others to manage symptom control and patients and carers’ needs.
“But the emotional support in which we try to address worries and fears is every bit as important as physical support. We also help with the psychological side of coming to terms with a life-limiting illness and practical matters such as people getting their affairs in order. And, importantly, Goscote Hospice respects patients spiritual, religious and cultural beliefs.
“Hospice Care Week gives us a chance to raise awareness of the work we do but it also allows staff a chance to stop and reflect on what a rewarding job we do. To come to work every day to make a difference is an extremely powerful motivator and we’re proud of what we do.”