Brian Smith says the new hospice with individual bedrooms will make a huge difference for patients on our inpatient unit. He could not avoid overhearing a difficult bedside conversation between a fellow patient and his wife at the current Heald Green site.
Brian, from Offerton, said: “I’m in a ward with four people and we’re separated by curtains. It means I can’t see what’s happening but I can hear it and when some guy is talking to his wife about going home to die, I’m there and don’t want to be invading his privacy and listening to that.
“I want him to have his own room, so he can go outside on a patio terrace and maybe have a glass of wine while having that conversation.”
Brian was a patient on our Inpatient Unit at Heald Green and died there in August 2022.