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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West

THE first in a series of public events to gather palliative and end of life care experiences takes place locally next week.

Residents across Wigtownshire are invited to the Newton Stewart Centre on Wednesday May 31, 2-4 pm, to share their experiences which will help shape future service delivery.
Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership and Marie Curie are working together to look at the provision of 24 hour palliative care. This is both hands on care, emotional support and practical information for terminally ill people and their families as delivered through the Galloway Community and Newton Stewart Hospitals, by GP surgeries, in care homes and in people’s own homes.
Community nurse Mhairi Hastings said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the Health and Social Care Partnership to engage with the people of Wigtownshire to understand what services they feel are required to meet their needs going forward.”
And Niall Kieran, from Marie Curie, said: “It’s estimated that 1300 people every year in Dumfries and Galloway will have a palliative care need. The big question is whether they’re being offered the right care and support both for them and their carers and family members.”
Further public events will take place on:
Monday June 5 – 10 am-12 pm at Ryan Centre, Stranraer
Tuesday June 13 – 9.30-11.30 am at Whithorn Community Centre and 2-4 pm at Glenluce Village Hall
Anyone interested in attending should register their interest by contacting Niall on 0141 557 7536 [email protected]
* The Marie Curie Support Line – 0800 090 2309 – offers free confidential support and practical information on all aspects of terminal illness

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