Throughout 2017 the Hospice will be marking the four decades that we have been working with our community to provide care and support to patients and families.
As part of our year-long programme of activity to mark our 40th anniversary, we will be publishing a series of staff blog posts that will give you an insight in to what happens behind-the-scenes at the Hospice. The staff blog posts will be written by people from all across the Hospice, with this installment coming from Maureen, who is part of our domestic team. You can read the first installment from our patient and family support assistant Liam here.
How long have you worked at the Hospice for?
I have worked at the Hospice for 28 years in total, initially for six years and then I took a break. It’s 22 years since I came back to the Hospice.
Tell us about your role at the Hospice
I am one of the domestic team and we do domestic chores all over the Hospice. It’s quite a satisfying job because it’s all for the patients. I enjoy it very much. I work primarily in the staff areas but I used to enjoy working on the wards and in the patient’s rooms. Normally after the patient has had breakfast, we would go in to the patient’s rooms and do some of the domestic work to make sure the room is clean and tidy. Sometimes we will help by getting patients a drink of water or arranging the blankets for them. It’s all part of the domestic job. It is all about helping the patients and their families.
What is it like working at the Hospice?
Our team really get on well, we are just like a big family. There’s some of us who have been here for over 20 years and we can’t imagine leaving!
What would surprise people about your role?
It’s not like what you think it will be, we have a laugh and it’s not all doom and gloom – it’s the total opposite really. You’ve got to have a laugh and people often say they never thought it would be like this. There’s nothing to be scared of working here at the Hospice.
How does your role help patients and families?
Patients and families are very grateful for our help, they will often comment about how spotless the Hospice is. When I would work in patients’ rooms, the patients like to have a chat and catch up. I have always got the sense that the family and friends of the patients are very grateful for the work we do, it’s very satisfying.
What do you do in your spare time?
My husband Pat and I enjoy like socialising, we love going on holidays especially cruises around the Mediterranean. If I have a couple of days off I like taking a walk in to Stockbridge, and my four grandchildren are a big part of my life.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
If any of your relatives are coming to the Hospice, they will get the very best care from us, our nurses and whole team are very dedicated. We will try to make sure there’s nothing for you to worry about, and your loved one may be discharged home again. People do go home, the misconceptions about not leaving a hospice are not true!