A Birmingham hospice has launched a DVD to help allay the fears of prospective patients about receiving hospice care.
The 13-minute film gives a patient’s perspective on life at the St Mary’s Hospice. It was inspired by patients who said their initial fear and anxiety over coming into hospice care had turned out to be unfounded and instead they had found “fellowship, support and fun”. The film has been issued to district nurses, clinical nurse specialists and doctors to give to people who are being referred to the hospice.
The hospice’s head of nursing services Trisha Castanheira said: “At our monthly patients’ forum - in which patients get to discuss hospice issues with staff - one of the constant themes that came out was how patients felt initially about being referred to the hospice. Many said they were fearful and anxious, but the reality once they had been referred was so very different.
“The forum felt it would be good for patients to be able to reassure prospective patients during the referral stage and someone came up with the idea to make a DVD to give to hospital and community staff to show patients what the hospice could offer.
She added: “Bravely, many of those forum members who were going through great difficulties put themselves forward to be interviewed with the backing of their families. It was very touching to see these people making such a fantastic contribution to the hospice and to others who will come after them.”