'Palliative and end of life care are integral aspects of the care delivered by any health or social care professional to those living with and dying from any advanced, progressive or incurable condition. Palliative care is not just about care in the last months, days and hours of a person’s life, but about ensuring quality of life for both patients and families at every stage of the disease process from diagnosis onwards.
A Palliative care approach should be used as appropriate alongside active disease management from an early stage in the disease process. Palliative care focuses on the person, not the disease,Palliative care focuses on the person, not the disease and applies a holistic approach to meeting the physical, practical, functional, social, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and carers facing progressive illness and bereavement.'
from LIVING AND DYING WELL a national action plan for palliative and end of life care in Scotland
The importance of excellent palliative care at all stages of life is recognized and NHS Lanarkshire has developed a close professional relationship with the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland to assist in ensuring that children and young people’s care is optimised. Combined clinics with clinicians from each organisation are currently undertaken, with neurological and respiratory paediatricians from NHS Lanarkshire participating. In addition to these clinics, the two organisations are exploring what future opportunities for co-operative working, such as a joint medical appointment, may be possible.
Please also see below a link to NHS Lanarkshire’s web page on palliative care which gives further information on all palliative care services within NHS Lanarkshire. The practice works with all parts of the NHS Lanarkshire palliative care service to attempt to optimise all aspects of symptom control and end of life care.
Maggie's Lanarkshire has now relocated to Monklands Hospital
The new Centre is now open Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, free of charge and with no referral required.
We have had to move from our interim Centre earlier than planned due to flooding from a burst water tank in the interim Centre.
We are currently offering a limited programme of drop-in support, booked psychology and benefits advice appointments and some groups including relaxation and tai chi. The full programme will be launched shortly. Please check our website for more information.
The Centre has been designed by Reiach and Hall Architects and is significantly larger, enabling us to offer many more people living with cancer Maggie’s evidence based programme of support from our expert team of staff.
We have greatly appreciated our time at the interim Centre in Wishaw and all the support we have received. We hope very much the Wishaw Community will join us on the journey to our new Centre in Monklands.
For more information please contact:
Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust (Maggie’s) is a registered charity No. SC024414.