Enfield MP calls for more palliative care funding at newly named hospice centre launch
Enfield Southgate MP Bambos Charalambous called for an increase in palliative care funding when he attended the launch event for North London Hospice’s newly named Health & Wellbeing Centre.
“The amount of money that is spent on palliative care from the NHS is miniscule compared to the benefits that it gives to people,” he told guests at a showcasing of the wide range of support services available to patients at the Winchmore Hill centre. “We need to have more funding, that is a big issue. We are so lucky in Enfield to have such a fantastic facility on our doorstep. I’m absolutely blown away by the thought that has gone into this building and the services that are provided here.”
Mr Charalambous joined GPs, health professionals, local business leaders, residents and the Mayor of Enfield Christine Hamilton at the event which demonstrated the broad range of services – from medical, psychological and emotional support to complementary therapy, rehabilitation and social activities.
“Many people who are afraid of dying have the wrong idea about what a hospice is and they are scared to find out so they don’t come,” said Joy Watkins, who is herself a patient at the Health and Wellbeing Centre.
“I first came here four years ago because I was in a lot of pain….they not only help me cope with the that but what I get here is the space, time and flexibility to talk through things with experts who know about living with quality of life not about dying, and who know about dealing with the impact of a life-threatening illness, practically, emotionally, physically on every level. And that’s the support you get when you come to a hospice.”
The new Health and Wellbeing Centre name replaces ‘Outpatients and Therapies’ and better reflects the multi-professional approach to enable patients and their families who attend the centre to live as well as they possibly can and improve their quality of life.
Examples of these activities – including art and drama therapy, acupuncture and seated reiki – were demonstrated to the 100+ guests throughout the afternoon.
“We want to highlight the life-enriching activities that we offer and get away from the impression that hospice services are only for those at the end of life,” said Trudi Leighton, the Associate Director at the Health and Wellbeing Centre. “The Health and Wellbeing centre offers a wealth of services that empower people to live their lives as well as possible for whatever amount of time they have left. We hope our event provides guests with a better understanding of our services and how we are able to support people with life-limiting illnesses.”