Hospice gets the royal seal of approval
CategoryNorth London Hospice
The Royal Duchess of Gloucester visited North London Hospice, in Barrowell Green, Winchmore Hill on Wednesday 10 October to meet patients, their families, supporters, staff and volunteers. The visit coincided with Hospice Care Week, a national event, which aims to raise awareness of hospices and the services they provide. The wife of the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, was given a tour of the new facility and chatted to patients with a terminal illness and their carers. Carer Penny Stokes, whose husband Karl attends the hospice day services said: “It was an honour and a privilege to meet Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester today. “She took a genuine interest in meeting everybody today and spent time with us talking about the services we receive. She was very pleasant and down-to-earth.” The theme of this year’s hospice week is ‘Be Surprised’ and the special visit was an opportunity to show the Duchess the inspiring and personal ways the hospice helps the communities of Enfield, Barnet and Haringey. The Duchess was able to see what makes hospice care unique – from the people who support, volunteer and work in partnership with North London Hospice, to the patients, friends and families who rely on it. The new facility has been open for around two months now and provides specialist procedures, counselling and spiritual care. In addition, massage, reflexology, creative and complementary therapies are available to patients and their carers to reduce anxiety, assist in pain relief and control other symptoms. Six-year-old Maya Delyfer presented the Duchess with a posy of flowers. Maya’s mother, Giselle Martin-Dominquez, has worked at the hospice for the past 16 years and is now the deputy-nursing director. Giselle said: “We are very thankful to the Duchess for visiting us today. It was a special honour for me that Maya could present her a bouquet.