Refurbished hospice ready to show off its new look

An open afternoon is being held at HospiceCare North Northumberland's Hazel Marsden House in Berwick on Saturday, February 27.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 21 February, 2016, 14:48
The new-look Berwick Hospice

Everyone is welcome to come along and see the newly refurbished premises and enjoy tea, coffee and refreshments and enjoy live acoustic music.

There will also be a raffle and tombola taking place to entertain visitors.

The charity’s Wear&Care shop, which operates in the front part of the building, is also launching its new spring ranges this weekend so visitors will be able to pick up a new season bargain as well as enjoying the entertainment on offer.

Members of the clinical staff will also be on hand to answer questions from anyone wishing to know more about Hospice services and the support it gives to people with life-limiting illnesses.

Hospice manager Sue Gilbertson said of the Berwick facility: “It’s great to be able to offer patients and families living with a life limiting illness in the Berwick area help, support and advice in the Hospice’s newly refurbished Hazel Marsden House. 

“The Hospice hosts a therapeutic drop-in every Monday 10-1pm where patients, carers and families can gather where the kettle is always on with an abundance of cake and biscuits and an entertaining wealth of conversation!

“If someone is needing quiet time and one to one support there is always a member of the clinical team and trained nurse available to talk to in a quieter area in the building. “

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Mrs Gilbertson said that the development of further services was also planned.

“We are aiming to develop other supportive interventions such as Complementary Therapies, Health & Well Being Sessions and a poetry writing programme,” she revealed.

“Bereavement support and lymphoedema appointments continue to be provided each week.

“The event on Saturday is all about letting the community know that following a period of change for HospiceCare in Berwick, services are now very much available to help people, and their carers, when they need it most.”

The event at Hazel Marsden House on Violet Terrace, near Berwick Infirmary, starts at 2pm on Saturday afternoon and goes on until 4.30pm.

Admission is free with a donation to the charity asked for refreshments.