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Lewis-Manning outreach brings Hospice Care to Swanage

Posted on: 07/02/2020

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care will soon launch its Swanage Day Hospice service at Swanage Hospital, building on the support that they have been providing across East Dorset for over 27 years.

From its new premises at Longfleet Road, currently under construction to get it ready and fit for purpose in the next couple of months, this established charity exists to help the people of the BH postcode area covering Poole, Purbeck and East Dorset with life limiting illnesses. Its aim is to increase physical and social well-being, reduce isolation and loneliness, support people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviate the huge pressures on family and carers.

The new service will be similar to that operating from their current hospice in Poole. It will provide a range of outreach support for people who have been diagnosed with a life limiting condition, offering practical and clinical care, as well as social support for patients in a friendly relaxed environment which also offers an opportunity to meet others going through similar experiences.

Developing care ‘Closer to Home’ is part of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s new focus and strategy, with six new trustees, the board has gained additional experience and knowledge. Once the refit of the new premises at Longfleet Road, Poole is complete the charity will move from its site on Crichel Mount Road to deliver local hospice services in a more central location closer to Poole Hospital with great transport links.

Clare Gallie, Chief Executive of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, said: “Launching in Swanage is an exciting step, which endorses our commitment to local people and the community that we serve, support and care for.”

Swanage services will be located at Swanage Hospital, Queen’s Road and provided by a team of nurses, health care professionals and volunteers. They include:

–     Hospice nursing care, encompassing physical, clinical and emotional support for people with life limiting illness.

–     Creative Arts and Wellbeing, a fantastic way for people to express themselves and communicate issues which may be hard to talk about whilst socialising and making new friends.

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care welcomes referrals to its new Day Hospice in Swanage from local healthcare professionals who can simply fill in a referral form, which can be found on their website or call 01202 708470. The public are also very welcome to make enquiries by calling, visiting the website.

The service is here to help people living in and around Swanage – such as Studland, Kingston, Corfe Castle, Kimmeridge, East and West Holme, Worth Matravers, Langton Matravers, Furzebrook, Stoborough Ridge, Stoborough Green, south of Wareham and west to Lulworth – and is offered free of charge.

Lewis Manning Hospice Care is an independent charity and receives only 20% of its funding from the NHS, gifts and donations from the local community to help set up and run this service are most welcome as are local volunteers who may be inspired to come along and help to provide extraordinary hospice care.

Director of Clinical Services at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, Ruth Burnhill added: “The benefits of day hospice care according to patients and carers have been demonstrated. We can offer advice and support, reduce stress, anxiety and loneliness, maximise mobility, boost confidence and self-esteem and give respite to carers. Meeting and chatting to others who have similar conditions allows people to recognise that they are not alone in the community even if relatives live further away.”

Clare concluded: “At the start of this new decade we intend to develop and open more local hospice support services because they are vital and we know that demand is growing.

“Day Hospice care enables us to work within communities much further afield and therefore help more people at the end of their lives, closer to their homes and loved ones.”

 Lewis-Manning Hospice Care urges companies in the Swanage and Purbeck area to get involved with the incredible hospice charity. Your company can make a real difference to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. By becoming a corporate partner, you will be helping Lewis-Manning Hospice Care to provide extraordinary hospice care and support to thousands of people in the local community, as well as reaping the rewards of supporting a charity close to your, employees, customers, clients, suppliers and many more hearts. If you would like to support us please visit or call 01202 708470

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