Thank you to Hospice

2018-11-22 06:00

Dear Editor,

My sister had cancer, which despite six chemotherapy treatments at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban, spread to her liver and bones. I fetched her from Durban last Monday for her usual one week stay with us in Southport. I was distressed by her yellowness, inability to stand and walk properly, and her talking was slurred. On Thursday I phoned our regional hospital to send an ambulance to fetch her. I sat with her in casualty for five hours, waiting for a specialist to come down from the wards to see her. The two or three doctors in casualty showed no concern or care, as did the nursing staff. I personally had to struggle to get her off her stretcher and onto a wheelchair, to the toilet and back. No help.

When the specialist finally arrived, I asked him to give me a letter to Hospice, which he did. It then took me half an hour to get her out of her casualty stretcher onto a wheelchair, to my car. Fortunately, a security guard helped me get her into the back seat.

Then, round the corner to South Coast Hospice. What a difference! You could actually feel the caring spirit and attitude of the four or five staff who came to help her. She was admitted at about 5 pm on Thursday, and we were called on Friday morning at 8 am to come urgently.

She took her final breath at 11.30 am. Just before she passed on, the lady behind the desk came to us, joined hands, and prayed with us. Every member of Hospice staff had a quiet, caring, helpful and loving attitude to both patient and family.

Thank you, thank you South Coast Hospice. There are no words in the dictionary to say how grateful I am for the Hospice experience.

MICHAEL WRIGHT

Southport

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