"I am very grateful to the Palliative Team"

About: Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust / Palliative care Bradford Royal Infirmary / Medical oncology Marie Curie Centre (bradford)

(as a carer),

My father was diagnosed with Lung cancer in early January 2012. He went through chemo therapy with a lot of pain. He was referred to Marie Curie Hospice to attend day care. We had two people attend our house from the Palliative Team. Wali Naz and a nurse. My father would struggle to breathe and would constantly cough. Naz had been very supportive. He got my father a nebuliser and dropped it off at home. Because he could speak Punjabi, my father felt very comfortable and speak to him. He attended day care where he got a chance to meet people who were going through the same medical problems which assured my father that he wasn't alone. Wali would take time out to sit and talk to him. I felt confident that my father would enjoy himself and he did. There was a time where my father began to drive to the day care eager to get there.

My father has been at the hospice for almost three weeks now. Unfortunately his cancer has spread to his bones in his spine. He has been having mobility problems. Naz helped my father to be seen by a doctor and helped to arrange him a bed at the hospice.

There are so many other times that Naz has helped us with dad's medication and speaking to doctors, making appointments for us. I know that if had to do this for myself I would have really struggled. I can't thank him enough.

I am very grateful to the Palliative Team including the doctors, nurses and everyone who made my fathers time at the hospice comfortable.

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Response from Jason Joy, Communications Manager, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

I am so sorry to hear of your Father's condition, it must be an incredibly difficult time for yourself and all of your family. I do hope that your Father can be kept as comfortable as possible. It is with great pride that I will pass on your comments about how the Palliative care team, and one member of staff in particular, have been so compassionate, supportive and kind to him. This is of course part of the role, but it is very reassuring to know that staff have gone above and beyond their role in order to help someone. Thank you for taking the time to post this comment, it really is appreciated by staff.

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Response from Bradford District Care Trust

I would like to thank you for your lovely words with regards to members of our Palliative care team. It means a lot when we receive praise for the work the team does and the difference it makes to our patients and families lives. You especially mention the difference Wali Nazar made to your Father's care bringing him comfort, companionship and support, and we thank you for this feedback which, with pride, has been passed to Wali. I reiterate Jason's sentiments above in saying comments like this are so appreciated by our team.

Lorraine Oxborough

Bradford District Care Trust

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