Wigan And Leigh Hospice

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Wigan & Leigh Hospice,Kildare Street

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At Wigan and Leigh Hospice we support patients and those people closest to them.

Wigan and Leigh Hospice is a registered charity serving people across Wigan borough who have been diagnosed with an illness which is no longer curable. We believe passionately in providing care suited to every patient’s unique needs.

Every day, 365 days a year, we aim to offer a supportive, caring approach to everyone who uses our services.

We believe hospices should be about living as well as dying.

Margaret’s Story

Margaret’s husband David was cared for by the Hospice Nurse Specialists and by our Inpatient Unit team when he was diagnosed with cancer of the gall bladder in 2018.

The couple, who have two sons, had celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on July 29th just days before.  Sadly, his condition became incurable and he was referred by the hospital to Wigan and Leigh Hospice for palliative care.

Paula and then Emma, from the Hospice Nurse Specialists team, went to see the couple at their home in Aspull.

Margaret said: “With every visit they reassured us and explained anything and everything to us. David only had to say how he felt and they were on top of it.

“We asked how to explain things to the grandchildren and Paula sent books for that age group which explained death to them in an appropriate way. They were always there for us.”

Margaret continued to look after David at home but by November the couple needed further support and David went to the Inpatient Unit at the hospice in Hindley.

Margaret said: “Emma said ‘it’s time for you to stop being his carer and start being his wife’ and that’s what the hospice enabled me to do.

 “I don’t know how people would cope without the hospice. Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough - we need a bigger word. It’s an amazing place.”

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