I first became aware of St Wilfrid’s Hospice around 7 years ago when a friend of mine was admitted onto the ward. I was a little apprehensive about visiting him but as soon as I did, I experienced the nice vibe that the Hospice had.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and had lots of appointments with my own GP. Although she wanted to give me more attention she only had very limited time to go through everything. She mentioned St Wilfrid’s Hospice to me and how they would be able to make sure that I received the attention that I needed. This is when I first met Vicky Adams, one of the Clinical Nurse Specialist team, who came to meet me at home.
I remember one night I was in so much pain and couldn’t sleep at all. I decided the best person to call would be Vicky, so first thing in the morning I rang her and by 10am she was at my house - the service was so quick and efficient. Vicky suggested that I come to the Hospice and stay for a couple of weeks so they could help me manage my pain. I definitely felt like this was something I needed and my husband, although he was worried, understood that it would be good to get my pain back under control.
Spending time on the Ward has definitely allowed me and my husband to relax. The Hospice has more of a hotel feel than anything else and the staff cannot do enough for me. My husband sees that being here is really helping me and it has put his mind at ease.
If anyone is offered the services of the Hospice I would definitely recommend that they use it. It has been a real benefit to both me and my husband and we feel our lives are better for the help we have received.