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Northfleet charity to feature in TV series

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 May 2018

The Hospice will be starting on May 13. Picture: Paul Hampartsoumian

The Hospice will be starting on May 13. Picture: Paul Hampartsoumian

Paul Hampartsoumian

Northfleet-based hospice Ellenor will feature in a new observational documentary series which focuses on the lives of the patients and their families.

Reception manager Diane Fuller. Picture: Paul HampartsoumianReception manager Diane Fuller. Picture: Paul Hampartsoumian

TV channel Together is premiering The Hospice, which is produced by Knickerbockerglory – the creators of Channel 5’s long-running series GP: Behind Closed Doors.

The series will give viewers an opportunity to witness the therapeutic palliative care provided to all ages, from the very young to the very old.

Together will broadcast the first of 13 hour-long episodes of The Hospice on Tuesday, May 8 at 10pm on Freeview, Sky, Virgin, freesat and on demand services.

In the first episode Dr. Nikki Anne Rodwell meets Jill, 60, who has recently been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Senior nurse Angela Cook. Picture: Paul HampartsoumianSenior nurse Angela Cook. Picture: Paul Hampartsoumian

With her life drawing to a close, the hospice staff agree an end of life care plan in line with Jill and her family’s wishes.

The staff keeps a good line of communication open between Jill and her family, nurturing her through the process and keeping her as comfortable and pain free as possible, so that her last days are spent with dignity surrounded by her loved ones.

Jill said: “I knew as soon as I got diagnosed that this was the place I wanted to be.

“But it is not a service you tend to think about until you actually need it.”

Alexander Kann, chief executive of Together said: “Providing people with comfort, compassion and dignity in end-of-life and palliative care is one of the most valuable services in our society.

“Hospices are at the heart of community and the public should be more aware of the amazing work hospices like Ellenor do every day.”

Claire Cardy, chief executive of Ellenor said: “This documentary reminds me why I am so proud of the work that goes on at Ellenor, every day, by our dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

“While encountering new and unique challenges they never fail to deliver an exceptional standard of care to patients and their families.

“I am confident that this documentary will introduce Ellenor to new and varied communities who will be pleased to know that Ellenor is always at hand to help them.”.

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