“Praise due for care given in time of need”

Sir,

Despite the negative reports we often read in the media, I feel I must write to you with my experience recently.

My elderly relative was 87 and a widow when, in January 2013, she was diagnosed with an incurable tumour at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. Shehad some supportive treatment and was referred to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre for radiotherapy. Following a number of visits to each of the above hospitals and support from her GP and district nurses at Meadowbank Health Centre and Strathcarron Hospice in the community, she was able to continue living at home.

Towards the end of 2013 her ocndition deteriorated  and more care was required. In early January 2014 she was admitted to Strathcarron Hospice for pain management. During her time there she was very well taken care of  and support was in place for her relatives. Eventually, after five weeks, she left Strathcarron and at her choice came home.

Again a good care package was put in place but, after a week, she was not coping and was moved into a nursing home. During her time in the nursing home she continually stated that she wanted to return home. It would not have mattered which nursing home she was in, she just wanted home. The NHS through her own practice doctor, district nurses, social work home care, Falkirk Council joint loan equipment service and Marie Curie Cancer Care put a tremendous care package in place to allow her to go home. The care and attention she received from all of these sources was of the highest quality.

Everyone played their part in making her remaining time as comfortable and pain-free as possible. The family has nothing but respect for our National Health Service. Well done to everyone involved.

Yours etc.,

Letter printed on page 22 of the Stirling Observer on 3rd April 2014.