Shona Robison MSP met with representatives from Marie Curie in Dundee to hear about the care they offer locally to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.
In Dundee, around 1,290 people each year need palliative care to relieve symptoms and improve their quality of life. Last year, over 500 visits were made to patients and families across Dundee by the Marie Curie nursing team.
Thanking the Marie Curie Nurses who deliver hands-on care at homes across Dundee, Shona Robison, who has been a long-term supporter of Marie Curie, also congratulated her constituents for their generous donations to the charity, singling out the Marie Curie Dundee fundraising group for their work in the community.
Shona Robison MSP said: “It was a great meeting and it was good to hear about the amazing work being done in Dundee to support people with a terminal illness, and their families. I’m hugely encouraged to hear about the arrival of new respite support services that will be available soon.”
Marie Curie Nurses helped 97% of people in Dundee last year to die in their place of choice, which is often at home. While most people cared for had cancer (73.8 percent), the charity supports people with all terminal conditions including heart disease, neurological conditions and frailty.
Ellie Wagstaff, Policy and Public Affairs Manager for Marie Curie Scotland said: “Thank you to Shona for her continued support and for highlighting the vital care terminally ill people need.
“We want everyone to have physical and emotional care to help them live as well as they can with terminal illness.
“At the end of life, that should also mean people have as much choice as possible and with Marie Curie support the difference might be that they can stay at home and spend precious time with loved ones.”
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Anyone can receive free support through the Marie Curie Information and Support Line on 0800 090 2309 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/help.
Anyone interested in getting involved in local fundraising with Marie Curie or Christmas Collection days in Dundee can contact Helen Zollinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance.
Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.
Anyone in need of support or who has questions about any aspect of terminal illness can call the Marie Curie Information & Support Line free on 0800 090 2309 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/help.