One thing we hear a lot is "Do you find it hard to work in a Hospice?"
Whilst there are very emotional times for our staff and volunteers as they carry out their work at St Oswald's, caring for adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions is also inspirational.
Davina Radford, our Chaplain, tells us about one special patient who touched many hearts around the Hospice:
"Vic was a patient at St Oswald’s for over six years. He was first referred to us for management of lymphoedema, which had developed as a result of his cancer diagnosis.
"In time, as well as accessing lymphoedema care, he started to attend Day Hospice and became a very familiar face there, benefiting from the expertise of our multi-disciplinary team. He also benefited from two stays on the inpatient unit for symptom management, before being admitted from his nursing home for end of life care with us.
Members of the team talk about Vic’s larger than life personality and how now, after his death, there’s a Vic shaped space left, such was the strength of his presence. His strength of character and spirit remained as his illness progressed which inspired members of our team."
Vic and his family were able to benefit from every aspect of care on offer here. After Vic’s death, we were able to continue to support his family.
Davina says: “It was a privilege for the team to be able to care for Vic throughout the latter stages of his illness. It was an amazing thing to do and a job well done for everybody.”