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Introduction

Jacqueline Worswick

in A House Called Helen

Second edition

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192632357
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632357.003.0001
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Helen House, the first hospice for children in the UK, opened in Oxford in 1982. This book aims to provide a full and comprehensive account of how Helen House came into being, what it does, and how it operates. The last decade of the twentieth century saw a rapid growth in the number of children's hospices and corresponding important developments in the field of what has become known as paediatric palliative care. The book describes how Helen House arose from a special bond of friendship between Mother Frances Dominica and the author's daughter Helen, Jacqueline Worswick (the author), and her husband, Richard. It records how the idea for Helen House emerged and how this idea was then translated into reality. The book contains a brief biography of Frances and information about those others whose important contributions enabled Helen House to develop in the way it did.

Keywords: Helen House; Oxford; palliative care; hospice; biography; Mother Frances Dominica; Helen Worswick

Chapter.  1144 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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