Thanks for making our 25th anniversary year so special

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SAINT Catherine’s Hospice silver anniversary year has been full of activity with its services in high demand.

Chief Executive Lee Barker shares her thanks with all the contributors who have enabled the hospice to deliver quality care to people across the region.

THANK you to everyone who has contributed to making our 25th anniversary such a special year.

It’s been a very busy year and the year just starting looks to be equally busy.

There are a number of changes happening in the wider health economy including a government review of funding for palliative care and the move to GPs’ commissioning services in their own locality.

The hospice is looking forward to working with the GPs and finding out how best we can help them meet the needs of the local community.

This fits very well with our push to support people closer to home if that is what they need and want.

The hospice already provides a number of important services throughout the area that we cover – Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Bridlington and Driffield – and I think many people are surprised at how much work we already do in the community.

Our specialist neurology nurses for example made nearly 750 visits to support neurology patients in their own homes last year.

Other members of staff such as occupational therapists, social workers and doctors will visit patients at home and again 240 such visits were made last year.

We also hold bereavement support sessions in the community and our doctors will have outpatient clinics at various localities across the patch as well as seeing patients in the district and community hospitals if that is required.

In this way we helped some 380 bereavement support clients, made 173 hospital visits and held 685 out-patient consultations in the year.

The Heather Unit in Whitby Hospital also had 77 admissions during the year.

We were thrilled to be able to open a day hospice facility at Norton in Ryedale and this together with our existing day hospices in Whitby and Scarborough meant that 154 patients benefitted from attending day hospice during the year. As well as all the work going on across the patch we must not forget the important care that we provide at the main site in Scarborough.

Patients came in for 758 lymphoedema sessions, 385 complementary therapy sessions and we had 350 admissions to the in-patient unit.

As you can see, a very busy time and thank you again to everyone who supported us.

Lee Barker, chief executive