Palliative care centre in Wisbech is given a new name - and more volunteers are needed

Alan Hudson Day Centre - the official opening. Sheila enjoys a relaxing reflexology treatment thanks

Alan Hudson Day Centre - the official opening. Sheila enjoys a relaxing reflexology treatment thanks to the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centres Complementary Therapist, Patricia Harris. - Credit: Archant

A palliative care centre in Wisbech has been officially renamed the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre.

Alan Hudson Day Centre - the official opening. The staff team from the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Cen

Alan Hudson Day Centre - the official opening. The staff team from the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre, left to right: Michelle Knight (Clinical Nurse Specialist and team lead), Jane Clarke (Staff Nurse), Alison Strickle (Administrator), Lisa-Marie Ball (Staff Nurse), Patricia Harris (Complementary Therapist), Phillippa Ashcroft (Project Development Officer). - Credit: Archant

Arthur Rank Hospice charity took over management of what was previously known as the Macmillan and Hudson Palliative Care Centre a year ago.

Based at North Cambs Hospital the day treatment centre has been renamed to reflect established links with the Hudson Foundation and the local area.

Michelle Knight, clinical nurse specialist and team lead, said: “Anybody involved with what will now be known as the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre, is extremely excited to be part of the journey into our new phase of development.

“There is a very special, close-knit community here and we will take that with us as we seek to improve our facilities and enhance our care in ways which further complements the excellent service we already offer here, Monday to Friday each week.

Alan Hudson Day Centre - the official opening. The staff team from the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Cen

Alan Hudson Day Centre - the official opening. The staff team from the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre, left to right: Michelle Knight (Clinical Nurse Specialist and team lead), Jane Clarke (Staff Nurse), Alison Strickle (Administrator), Lisa-Marie Ball (Staff Nurse), Patricia Harris (Complementary Therapist), Phillippa Ashcroft (Project Development Officer). - Credit: Archant


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“We’re encouraging the local community, our supporters, staff, volunteers, patients, family and friends to become active participants in this new chapter: you are integral to our success!”

Its care team support people living with a life-limiting illness by delivering a holistic service including day therapy, treatment and clinical days, complementary therapies, bereavement and support services.

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Liz Webb, director of clinical services for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said: “Statistics and research illustrate that demand on palliative and end of life services will continue to increase in the years ahead.”

The charity was aware of the future need to develop and improve palliative services in the Wisbech area, she added.

Alan Hudson Day Centre - the official opening. The staff team from the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Cen

Alan Hudson Day Centre - the official opening. The staff team from the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre, left to right: Michelle Knight (Clinical Nurse Specialist and team lead), Jane Clarke (Staff Nurse), Alison Strickle (Administrator), Lisa-Marie Ball (Staff Nurse), Patricia Harris (Complementary Therapist), Phillippa Ashcroft (Project Development Officer). - Credit: Archant

Mary Dowglass, Macmillan development manager, said: “We are in support of these plans to provide the best possible palliative care for people with cancer and other life limiting conditions in Wisbech.

“Macmillan continues to focus our efforts on developing other services that support patients from the Wisbech area, including at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn and Peterborough City Hospital.”

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity plans to enhance services and facilities over the next 12-18 months alongside improving and developing the range of care available.

As the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre grows more volunteers are needed. If you are interested call 01223 723115 or email phillippa.ashcroft@arhc.org.uk.

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