ANGUS VISITS LANDMARK CHILDREN'S HOSPICE
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 13:38
MSP praises pioneering paediatric palliative care
On Monday the MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald, paid an official visit to Rachel House Hospice in Kinross. The centre provides a welcoming, homely retreat for young people with life-shortening conditions. Launched in 1996 by the Children's Hospice Association Scotland – or "CHAS" – Rachel House was the first centre for paediatric palliative care to be opened in the country.
Among the greeting party was Clinical Nurse Manager, Jane McFarlane, pictured above. Nurse McFarlane commented "We were delighted to welcome Angus to Rachel House and it was good for him to visit and see first hand what we do. It is important to engage with politicians and those who can champion the cause of children's palliative care as CHAS continues to grow and develop new ways of supporting patients and their families".
Mr. MacDonald was impressed by the friendly, colourful and therapeutic environment of Rachel House. The MSP hailed the “compassion-driven, innovative and holistic approach of the hospice staff in caring not only for the physical distress of each child but also for their emotional, psychological and social needs".
“Over the years Rachel House, its sister hospice in Balloch, Robin House, and their partners in Aberdeen and Inverness have worked tirelessly to ease the suffering of terminally ill children from all over Scotland, including young people from my own constituency. These pioneering initiatives employ a wide range of medical treatments and creative therapies to help patients live each day to the full".
"It is also encouraging to see the 'CHAS at Home Service' developing in this connection: increasing the reach of the children's hospice movement and providing greater domestic support to patients and parents alike. I look forward to seeing this initiative emulated in communities right across the country, in tandem with the Scottish Government-funded research being done in palliative care at the University of York".