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Jacqui (63), who has cancer of the spine, was admitted into hospital on 30 October 2022, suffering from issues with her mobility and feeling generally very poorly. While she was there she underwent a number of tests, as well as a course of planned treatment and needed support to manage her pain.

Jacqui was transferred to Lindsey Lodge’s Butterfly Wing on 9 November after it was suggested by her Macmillan Nurse.

The Butterfly Wing is Lindsey Lodge’s new six-bedded unit which supports patients like Jacqui, with nurse and therapy-led care from its Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs), after being discharged from hospital, or from a community setting.

“I’ve never been to Lindsey Lodge before, and when it was first suggested to me, I was a little worried, as I thought a hospice was somewhere people only came to at the end of their life.

“I felt quite stressed about my condition and lack of mobility before I came, but agreed to come to the Butterfly Wing, and really didn’t know quite what to expect.

“I arrived by ambulance, and as I entered Lindsey Lodge the sun was shining and I began to feel calmer.

“When I got to my room it was beautiful and it felt more like a five star hotel! It was so lovely to have a door leading out onto the garden and such a nice environment for family and even pets to visit.

“The staff were all so calm and positive, it’s really opened my eyes to what hospice care is all about.

“Dr Lucy has supported me to get my pain under control, and the whole team have been wonderful, they even provided me with complementary therapies to help me relax. I’ve loved spending time here whilst I’ve been recovering, and really never expected to pick up as quickly as I have!”

After just under two weeks of care at Lindsey Lodge Jacqui was well enough to return home on 22 November.

“Thanks to the lovely staff I’m now back on my feet. They’ve supported me every step of the way and I’m now confident in getting around again. I’m so grateful to everyone for everything they’ve done, it’s all been amazing – thank you!”

Nurse Kim Newlands pictured at the Hospice
 

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