21st November 2014
Click below to read the charity's latest update re Ashby District Hospital:
Welcome to Hospice Hope
My name is Dr Geoff Foulds, Chair of the charity Hospice Hope. Many of you will recognise me as I was a GP in Ashby de la Zouch for 33 years and retired in 2012. Care for patients with a life limiting diagnosis was a large part of my job, and I am determined to improve the provision of services for these people in our area i.e. North West Leicestershire. The most common illnesses include cancer, but also include many patients with heart failure and chronic lung disease.
As patients sadly approach the end of their lives, the NHS offers no local daycare provision to support them or their carers, as well as offering little or no pastoral support in coping with a life limiting illness on a day to day basis. With our two Support Cafés we have tried to fill part of this gap. However we are determined to fund and provide a Day Care Centre for local patients, and we are currently actively pursuing this goal. The Day Care Centre will be operational 5 days a week to offer support patients and carers, including complementary therapies and counselling. In the long term we aim to provide hospice care at home for patients at the end of their lives, enabling them to die at home and with dignity.
All Hospice Hope Trustees are united in this goal and with your help, support and donations we will succeed. Cancer sufferers deserve everything we can give them and their families. Please help us - thank you.
Dr Geoff Foulds MB Chb FRCGP DRCOG
Chair, Hospice Hope