7th November 2018

    Friendship, fun and feeling better

    Marion and Olive both visit our Bradbury Wellbeing Centre once a week and since meeting at the hospice have become great friends. They were both unsure what to expect when being referred to the hospice, but their Monday visit has since become the highlight of their week.

    “I was very unsure when I first heard the word hospice, it was quite scary and I didn’t know what to expect, but now I wouldn’t miss it for the world and wish I could come in on more days,” explains Marion, a breast cancer patient.

    Originally from Yorkshire, she now lives in Old Woking on her own. Visiting each week has become a lifeline for her and also allowed her to form a new valuable friendship with fellow day care patient Olive.

    “We all have our times when we struggle, but we are there for each other and we understand,” adds Olive, who for 61 years has been married to Michael. They live together in Knaphill, but are originally from Esher.

    “Although we have each other and Michael cares for me; the day I come to the hospice is a break for us both. As you get older you spend so much more of your time together and it’s good for us both to get out and meet with other people. It’s wonderful here and I have made a great friend in Marion.

    I have respiratory disease and have breathing difficulties, and although the staff always look like they are having fun with all the activities, they know when I need help – it really is amazing.”
    Marion adds: “I cannot fault the care I receive when I visit. The staff are all wonderful and Andrew, the volunteer driver who collects me each week, is so helpful. It really makes my day seeing him. I couldn’t believe it when I started coming here that they offered me massages and reflexology. Now I don’t have to see a physio at home anymore, as they can do that for me here, and the spa bath is wonderful too.”

    For Marion and Olive visiting once a week has made a huge difference to them both. Meeting with others to share their experiences and understand what others are going through means they can support each other as well as have plenty of laughs.

    7th August 2018

    Tom’s story

    Tom, who is a kidney dialysis patient, was initially reluctant to attend day care sessions at the Bradbury Wellbeing Centre but as a result of positive experiences he is now a regular.

    Initially I was reluctant to come as I thought it was just an old folks club, but now it’s the best day of the week for me. All of us who attend have our difficulties but we are there for one another and always have a laugh. I have made some great friends like Morris and the nurses are absolutely marvellous. The team are so compassionate and caring and always make time for a hug when you are feeling down.

    My clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) was my first point of contact with Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. He arranged for me to come to the Wellbeing centre. Here I have access to other teams, such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists. They have been able to give me a special orthopaedic bed as I was unable to lie down in a standard bed. My CNS still sorts things out for me, like with the council and social services; he takes away my worry.

    The doctors are lovely too and looked after me when I was very poorly. Everyone is absolutely marvellous and I always look forward to my weekly sessions.

    The team at Woking & Sam Beare Hopsices have been a lifeline and so far I have not missed a session at the Wellbeing centre. From the minute the hospice driver picks me up, to when it’s time to leave, we are laughing. I wouldn’t want to miss this.

     

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