MSP praises work of cancer hospice

Marie Curie
Marie Curie

Miles Briggs MSP has praised the support available for people living with a terminal illness and their families at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh during a recent visit.

At the visit the Tory MSP for Lothian met with Marie Curie staff and volunteers to discuss the services offered at the hospice including inpatient care, care in the community, and day care services.

Last year the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh saw 425 inpatient admissions and its day services saw 1,726 people, the hospice also cared for 889 patients at home in the communities of South Edinburgh, West Lothian and Midlothian. Across Scotland in 2015/16 the charity provided care and support for more than 8,000 people living with a terminal illness through its hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow and Nursing Service.

Mr Briggs said: “It was a privilege to meet the staff and volunteers at the hospice and learn about the excellent work they are doing. It is very clear that Marie Curie offers world-class levels of palliative care and support which makes such a difference to so many of my constituents each year and their families.”

Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland, added: “We were delighted to welcome Miles to the hospice to hear about the range of specialist services we offer in partnership with NHS Lothian, local authorities and other local partners.”

If you or someone you know is living with a terminal illness and looking for support call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309. If you would like care and support from a Marie Curie Nurse contact your district nurse or GP.