Graham Simpson MSP visited the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow and met with representatives from Marie Curie to hear about the care available for people living with a terminal illness, and their families, in the hospice and in the community nursing services across Central Scotland.
He heard how the terminal illness charity provides care and support at the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow and through the 51 nurses working across the NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Forth Valley areas enabling people to be cared for and to die at home.
Last year Marie Curie Nurses made over 3,700 visits to terminally ill people at home across the Central Scotland region, supporting 97 percent of people to die in their place of choice in Lanarkshire, and 95 percent in Forth Valley. As well as the Nursing service, Graham also heard about the Marie Curie information and support service which provides free clinical information, practical, emotional and bereavement support for anyone affected by terminal illness.
Graham Simpson MSP said: “Marie Curie is an exceptional charity that supports thousands of Scots every year who have a terminal illness.
“I back Marie Curie’s call that everyone should get the care and support they need at the end of their life. In my Central Scotland Region 51 Marie Curie Nurses cared for nearly 4,000 people in their own homes in 2017/18. If you are able, please donate so that thousands of Scots who are living with a terminal illness can continue to be supported by Marie Curie.”
Susan Lowes, Marie Curie Policy & Public Affairs Manager Scotland said: “We were delighted to speak to Graham about the range of services we offer and people we support and would like to thank Graham for his support.”