"Never in my wildest dreams…."

About: Ayrshire Hospice

(as a staff member posting for a carer/relative),

Being in the Ayrshire Hospice is like night and day compared to being in the hospital. When I heard the word ‘hospice’ before we came I thought ‘what’s this going to be like? ’, but it’s such a kind and caring environment. The nurses always have something up their sleeve if my husband needs pain relief; it’s not like in hospital where you were restricted to their regime. My husband has had a spa bath every single day since he’s been here, which really makes a difference to his pain. He has even put on weight, he’s enjoying the food so much, whereas before food didn’t appeal to him.

We’re from Arran, so when I was told that the hospice could help me with accommodation, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d be put up in a beautiful home! Having access to ‘the wee house’ in the hospice grounds is a Godsend, it’s so peaceful, and heaven to be able to make a cuppa and watch TV when I like. It gives me space to get my head straight. I can be here anytime for my husband, and have been able to bring him to the wee house in his wheelchair to have afternoon tea. It has made such a difference to us. I would have no qualms about saying to anybody else to come to the hospice; it’s a very caring place.

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Responses

Response from Shona Hynd, Clinical Services Director, Ayrshire Hospice

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on care opinion. The team will be pleased to hear that you are experiencing a kind and caring environment which is flexible to your needs.

Pain control in so important and a spa bath alongside regular analgesia can make such a difference.

I will also let the catering team know how much your husband is enjoying his food.

We are very proud of our “wee house.” Patients and relatives have given us very positive feedback to date and I’m delighted to hear that your husband enjoyed his afternoon tea in our new purpose built family accommodation.

Thanks again for your comments

Kind regards

Shona

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