We are not all about death says hospice director


The director of the hospice which is home to the only inpatient unit in Gloucestershire is speaking out this Hospice Care Week, 9th to 15th October, to share what goes on behind its doors to bust the many myths surrounding hospice care.

Elise Hoadley is Director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. She said, “Some people think hospices are all about death, that people only come to us to die and that as a result a hospice is a depressing place.”

“This could not be further from the truth. Almost half or our patients who come into our inpatient unit – the only in the county – go home again. On average people stay with us for around ten days while we help get their symptoms under control so they can carry on living the fullest life possible.”

“Yes, we care for people who have an illness which can’t be cured, but at Sue Ryder we see the person, not the condition, and we do all we can to help make sure people can live life in all of their days.”

“Our hospice is really a place about life. It’s peaceful, it’s beautiful and very often it’s full of smiles and laughter. This is down to the amazing people we have volunteering and working here”

Throughout the week, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice will be celebrating the volunteers and staff who help deliver its expert and specialist care, posting a series of behind the scenes blog posts and stories on its social media using the hashtag #WeAreHospiceCare.

The hospice hopes that by doing this it can overcome some of the misconceptions many people hold about hospices and give a real view of every day hospice life.

Follow Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s social media channels to read more about hospice care and to find out how you can support them;www.facebook.com/SueRyderLeckhamptonCourtHospice and @SueRdyerLCH on Twitter.