Dawn Clark was referred to St Catherine’s for pain management after being diagnosed with secondary bone cancer, to receive support from the charity’s CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist) team in her own home.
She has also attended a number of appointments through the CNS community clinic scheme at her local GP surgery.
She says: “St Catherine’s has been absolutely brilliant; the nurses have advised me about things I never knew about, such as pain relief medication and complementary therapies like massages.
“I used to attend appointments at the hospice, which is a lovely environment, but since the clinics were introduced I’ve been going to my local GP surgery in Penwortham.
“I think it’s a great idea – it makes a huge difference for people to have this service in the local community. You can fit it around your lifestyle and it’s much more convenient.”
She adds: “The nurses are so supportive and friendly. I always feel really good and confident after seeing them. They offer practical advice as well as emotional support. Things can get on top of you and it’s very overwhelming at times, so it’s good to talk through difficult subjects with someone who understands what you’re going through.”