Dorset Macmillan Advocacy’s Local Cancer Champions Board was pleased to be invited to hold their recent meeting at the Lewis-Manning Hospice. Sue Higgins, Director of Nursing, gave board members and staff a tour of the facilities. Peer volunteer advocates could potentially support people affected by cancer to visit this and other hospices to enable them to make informed choices about their future care. Hospice staff can also inform older cancer patients about the local advocacy service should they need additional support in the community.
Jo Lee, Senior Macmillan Advocate, Help and Care, Graham Willetts, Chair – Dorset Cancer Champions Board, Keri Harrison, Access and Community Support Manager, Help and Care, Tracy Street, Macmillan Involvement Coordinator, Macmillan Cancer Support, Kathleen Gillett, Macmillan Project Coordinator, Help and Care
Sue Higgins writes:
Lewis-Manning Hospice is situated in Lilliput, Poole and benefits from delightful views over Poole Bay. The hospice was re-opened in 2012 following a new-build and it continues to promote the needs of patients living with a life-limiting illness. The In-Patient Unit, which will be opening during this year in a phased approach, is complemented by Day Hospice Services, Physiotherapy and a Breathlessness and Lymphoedema Clinic. The work of our multi-disciplinary team includes:
- Widening access to supportive and palliative care services based on need not diagnosis, so that if Lewis-Manning can meet the needs of a patient with a diagnosis other than cancer, it will do so
- Ensuring equality of access to services for all who need them. No matter who you are or where you come from
- Treating every person and every day as special. Ensuring that each individual person knows they matter
- Ensuring appropriate information and support is available and accessible to the Lewis-Manning Community, so as to enable a patient and carers to take control of their lives, make informed choices and manage the impact of their diagnosis and treatment
- Providing high quality clinical and social support utilising the best of evidence based practice. By maintaining its independence Lewis-Manning is able to choose to provide the best quality and most appropriate range of supportive therapies
- Raising awareness of what living with a life-limiting illness means, through education and provision of information to the patient, their carers and the community as a whole
- Minimising anxiety and fear by accepting death as part of life and thereby enabling patients and their families to live in the moment and plan for their death. We use the Dorset-wide Advance Care Planning document to help patients through the many decisions
- Providing a range of services which enable individuals to live their lives to the full. Helping to control pain, help manage symptoms and adapt to change
- Developing, in partnership with others, high quality, holistic services in response to individual needs and aspirations, so that patients choose their own goals and Lewis-Manning works with others within the community to deliver them
To support this work a large number of volunteers help in a variety of ways at Lewis-Manning Hospice. Some are volunteer drivers, some help patients during their Day Hospice or Clinic visit; others assist at the Art Group or Carers Group meeting. The volunteers work alongside the multidisciplinary team comprising a doctor, nurses and physiotherapists. Other healthcare professionals become involved when required depending on the patient’s needs throughout their time at Lewis-Manning Hospice.