Martin McGuinness visits Newry Hospice

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
The deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA, recently visited the Southern Area Hospice, Newry where he commended everyone connected with the Hospice for the invaluable care they provide to the local community. Photograph: Columba O'HareSouthern Area Hospice Services is a charity providing specialist palliative care for people across the Southern Health Trust region suffering from Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and AIDS. The Hospice also provide ongoing support for their families and friends. Speaking at St Johns’ House, Newry, one of the Southern Area Hospice centres, Martin McGuinness said, “Living with illness, either as a patient, carer or family member, can be challenging, frightening and exhausting. The services of the Southern Area Hospice provides an invaluable network of support and care to everyone they meet.” Patients of the Hospice require specialised treatment for complex problems such as pain, symptom control or to address psychological, spiritual or social needs. Care is provided by a multi-disciplinary specialist team consisting of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, chaplains, social workers and complementary therapists, pharmacy, dieticians and occupational therapy.
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LearnSpark1McGuinness praised the range of services available to patients, including in-patient care, out-patient clinics, Day Hospice services, medical home care visits, Homecare and Hospital Specialist Palliative Care, Community Liaison Sister, Chaplaincy, Counselling & Bereavement Support, social work, and provision of a patient helpline. The deputy First Minister said, “At a time when life is filled with uncertainty and worry, the Southern Area Hospice provides assurance, and a nurturing and steady hand. They provide the best quality of life possible for patients, and also their families, catering for their specific needs. “The staff and volunteers who give unstinting support make a huge difference to the lives and experiences of all the people and families using the Hospice, serving and providing a source of strength in their time of need.” Ann Cooney, Chief Executive, Southern Area Hospice said, “We are delighted to welcome deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to our Hospice Facility in Newry. She added, “Visits such as this are vitally important in highlighting the contribution that the Hospice makes to support Health and Social Care Services as well as the funding issues that our charity faces on a daily basis.”
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