MP to visit Barnsley Hospice on fact-finding mission
25 November 2011
Angela Smith MP will meet patients, staff and volunteers when she visits Barnsley Hospice on a fact-finding mission next Friday.
The Penistone and Stocksbridge MP will be the third MP to visit recently. Her Labour colleagues Michael Dugher, who represents Barnsley East, and Dan Jarvis, of Barnsley Central, have already visited the hospice in Gawber.
Ms Smith will be shown round the inpatient and outpatient units, day hospice and conference facilities when she visits on Friday (December 2nd).
Barnsley Hospice provides inpatient and day care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-threatening condition. The hospice also runs support networks and groups and can provide support to people in their own homes.
As well as having about 100 staff, the hospice relies on nearly 400 volunteers who are involved with everything from staffing reception, helping serve meals, fundraising and working in the nine charity shops. Barnsley Hospice receives £1.6m from the NHS each year, but has to raise an additional £1.9m to stay open.
Ian Carey, hospice chief executive, said: “It is important for us to have a dialogue with our MPs because they are involved in making decisions at a national level that have an impact on us.
“This is particularly pertinent right now with the Health and Social Care Bill which is still making its way through parliament. This controversial bill would provide opportunities as well as threats to Barnsley Hospice.”
The bill proposes major restructuring of the NHS, including the abolition of Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities, with commissioning being handed over to GPs.
NOTE TO EDITORS
Photographers are invited to attend the hospice for the visit at 2pm on Friday 2nd December. Please inform Laura Conrad on 0774 5094433 if you are planning to come.
Barnsley Hospice’s main aim is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients while supporting their relatives and friends during the period of illness and bereavement.
Its services include specialist pain and symptom management, complementary therapies, counselling and support groups. There is also a service for people who have lymphoedema – a build-up of fluid in the body which causes swelling. It can be a side effect of cancer or radiotherapy, but it can affect people who do not have cancer.