On Wednesday 8th June we were invited to a tour of the new Palliative Care Unit at Antrim Area Hospital.
The £5 million state of the art unit is a joint project with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.
Specialist staff at the centre will provide comprehensive palliative care to patients with cancer and other life-limiting conditions. The unit will also deliver a range of day care and inpatient services including symptom control, rehabilitation and end-of-life care.
Eye Feel Good contributed to the fund-raising efforts for the unit by the local Macmillan fund-raising team. Richard Fee, from Eye Feel Good, said “We were honoured to be invited for a look around the unit and we were very impressed by what we saw. A project like this is very important to local people and Eye Feel Good are delighted to have helped in anyway we could. However, you can’t get away from the stark reality that the unit is a place were people will come to to see out their last days of life. If the unit can help make that experience easier for patients and their families then it can be judged as having achieved it’s mission”.
Eye Feel Good will continue to organise activities and events during the coming months to help support MacMillan’s work at the new palliative care unit.