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I want to dispel hospice myths, says Manorlands patient
3:00pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in Keighley
An Oakworth man being treated at Manorlands is supporting a campaign to dispel myths surrounding hospices.
Chris Banting hopes to spread the message that the Oxenhope hospice is a place where people go to live, not to die. He wants people to learn about the wide range of services it offers for both in-patients and those still living at home. Chris spoke following research by the charity Sue Ryder, which runs Manorlands, into what people really thought of hospices. The study highlighted myths and stereotypes that were stopping people making informed choices about the end of life care that was right for them. The charity was keen to stress that 60 per cent of people who received care at Manorlands returned home.
Chris was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 soon after moving to Newcastle, but returned to Oakworth with his family after being given about 18 months to live. He first attended Manorlands as an in-patient, and said he benefited from having a range of specialists under one roof. Chris said: “At Sue Ryder, they were able to co-ordinate my care needs and I didn’t need to go to different doctors’ appointments. After they managed to keep my symptoms under control I was able to go home.”
Chris now visits Manorlands as an out-patient for day care once a week, and has a telemedicine system installed at home.
He said: “If my wife or I am worried about anything we can use the system 24 hours a day to get in touch with a healthcare staff member at Manorlands or Airedale Hospital.”
Telemedicine also allows Chris to ‘attend’ regular appointments with Manorlands clinical staff without leaving home.
Chris said his wife attended the Manorlands carers’ support group, and his family gained emotional support, and practical advice on issues such as benefits and home equipment.
Chris added: “I feel I am in the right place at the right time. The hospice is like a safe haven where you feel well supported and the care is tailored to meet your individual needs.”
Sue Ryder said it had put together several “myth-busting facts” after the research revealed how many people were misinformed about their end-of-life choices. Sue Ryder stressed that hospices were more than tea and sympathy, and much more than places where people went to die.
The charity said hospices were not dark or depressing places, and were available for people with many terminal or life limiting conditions, not just cancer.
Visit sueryder.org for more details of the campaign.
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