Hospice Isle of Man has officially unveiled the new look Scholl Centre Day unit.
The day unit is used for patients three days a week and offers a wide range of services.
A new addition to the services includes a drop-in day to be held every Monday.
This service will run from 10am to 7pm and anyone who has cancer, or any other life-threatening illnesses is encouraged to attend.
Patients, relatives and carers can also attend. No referral is necessary.
The wide range of services include emotional support, advice, massage, Reiki and relaxation therapy.
There will also be a wide range of practical advice including financial matters, treatment regimes, diet and understanding medication.
The Dot’s Dream Foundation funded the ‘new look’. The committee from this charity presented a cheque for the fantastic amount of £11,000 to Margaret Simpson, chief executive of Hospice.
Margaret thanked the committee of Dot’s Dream Foundation for their contribution to the day unit.
Margaret said: ‘The room looks lovely, bright and colourful.” “It will make a huge difference to the vibe and feel of the day unit for staff, patients, families and volunteers.’
A plaque in memory of Dot Pitts was also unveiled. Dot’s Dream Foundation was launched on April 8, 2011 ,with the aim of continuing the fundraising work former mayor of Douglas Dot carried out.
Dot’s daughter, Nicola Walkingshaw, said: ‘My mum loved this room.
‘We have been fundraising for a while now and have given a number of items to the Hospice.
‘We are very pleased with the end result knowing our mum would have loved the vibrancy of the colours and decoration.’
Day unit manager Wendy Smith said: ‘This new services is being offered as a free and open service to provide advice and support to anyone who needs it, either patients or carers. It is not necessary to be a Hospice patient nor to have any involvement with Hospice. This is a separate service that does not need any referral or appointment, all you need to do is simply “drop in”.
‘There is access to a programme of activities including benefit advice, anxiety management or psychological support. There will also be support sessions for carers, or bereavement support if required. The team may also be able to direct you to other services and facilities that may be of benefit to you. You can have free access to our computer facility for information gathering and look at a library of patient/carer booklets and leaflets.
‘The drop-in day also welcomes patients and carers who would like to relax and call in for something to eat or drink while they are waiting for oncology appointments or afterwards. Hospice offers support if you need to have results or treatments explained further. There will be registered nurses on hand to give help and advice to anyone who needs it.’
The drop-in day also welcomes those who have finished their treatment regimes and will support cancer survivors for as long as they need it. Survivorship is an integral part of what the team look at during these drop-in days. Wendy added: ‘This type of drop-in day works really well in the UK so we decided to give it a go. Hopefully local people will find this a useful support and advice day particularly if they travel to the UK for treatment and feel local support would help.’
For further information call Wendy on 647426 or just drop in and Monday except bank holidays.
Pictured left to right are: Wendy Smith (day unit manager), Nicola Walkingshaw from Dot’s Dream Foundation, Debbie Pitts, Margaret Simpson, Frankie Pitts, Stephen Pitts and Matron for Hospice Diane Corrin.
Picture: Matt Mosur Photography.