Health Minister visits Southern Area Hospice

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Community, Politics
Health Minister, Jim Wells MLA, has visited the Southern Area Hospice at its premises in St John’s House, Newry. During the visit the Minister was given a tour of the facility and had the opportunity to meet with local people who use the Hospice and its services. He also met with Hospice management and staff and heard how services are delivered both at the Hospice itself and in the community. The Minister said, “I am pleased to visit the Southern Area Hospice to see and hear about the very valuable work the Hospice provides both through its inpatient services and in the wider community through day hospice and support for people at home.” Minister Wells praised the work of the Southern Area Hospice and acknowledged the invaluable contribution made by both staff and volunteers to ensure that people with palliative and end of life care needs in the Southern Trust area, their families and carers, are provided with the best possible care and support. “The specialist services that hospices in Northern Ireland provide are a lifeline for many individuals, their families and carers, at what can be a distressing and confusing time. “Having met today with patients and staff at the Southern Area Hospice, I am struck by the professional, compassionate and practical care, advice and support which are a hallmark of this local service.” The Minister added, “I must also acknowledge the dedication of volunteers who provide their services freely and without fail to support the work of the Southern Area Hospice. “I know their efforts are not in vain and that the ongoing work of the Hospice in this area is testament to their varied efforts on behalf of the organisation, whether through fundraising or providing a few hours to volunteer their services and skills.”
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