Angela Constance MSP recently met representatives from Marie Curie at St. Johns Hospital to hear about the care they offer locally to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones in West Lothian.
In West Lothian, around 1,255 people each year need palliative care to relieve symptoms, improve their quality of life, and provide end of life care. Last year, the Marie Curie service supported 538 people in West Lothian through 1,518 visits in the community. The service also had 296 day therapies attendances.
Thanking the Marie Curie team who deliver hands-on care across West Lothian, Angela Constance also congratulated her constituents for their generous donations to the charity and encouraged continued support.
Ms Constance also engaged in discussions with Marie Curie staff around the importance of integrated health and social care to ensure patients and their families have the best quality of life until the end.
The Almond Valley MSP said: “I was delighted to meet with the representatives from Marie Curie at St John’s Hospital once again to offer my support and to hear about the fantastic services they offer locally. In addition to caring for people living with the terminal illness, the support they provide to the extended families is simply wonderful.”
Marie Curie Nurses helped 96.9 percent of people last year to die in their place of choice, which is often at home. The charity supports people with all terminal conditions including Motor Neurone Disease, frailty and neurological conditions.
Richard Meade, Head of Policy and Public Affairs for Marie Curie Scotland said: “Thank you to Angela for highlighting the vital care and support terminally ill people need.
We want everyone to have physical and emotional care to help them live as well as they can with terminal illness. At the end of life, that should also mean people have as much choice as possible and with Marie Curie support the difference might be that they can stay at home and spend precious time with loved ones.”
Anyone can receive free support through the Marie Curie Information and Support Line on 0800 090 2309 or visit mariecurie.org.uk/help.
If you are interested in getting involved in local fundraising with Marie Curie, please contact Fiona Busby on 0131 470 2290 or to find out more about Marie Curie’s local Helper service please contact Katie Wardlaw on 0141 557 7400
 Source: nrscotland.gov.uk
 96.9 percent of patients in NHS Lothian supported by Marie Curie died in their place of choice. Source: Marie Curie
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