Chapter

Planning the Hospice

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/9780192632357.003.0005
Planning the Hospice

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The first meeting on 28th March 1980 and a subsequent one two months later laid the foundations for the translation of an idea into reality. The people who attended those early were a committed group. The discussions had a very clear focus. Frances has often commented on Helen's vital role in our the group's deliberations; Helen, the type of support and care Helen needed and, above all, the quality of care they wanted for Helen at all times, whether at home or elsewhere, provided the model for what a purpose-built children's hospice would offer other children and their families. The people present at that first meeting in March 1980 were: Mother Frances Dominica, Dr Roger Burne (GP), John Bicknell (Architect), Derreck Shorten (Architectural Consultant), Bronwen Bennett (Physiotherapist), Vivien Pritchard (Nursing Officer at Sir Michael Sobell House), Sister Margaret (Society of All Saints), and Richard Worswick (Helen's father).

Keywords: children's hospice; House of Helen; Mother Frances Dominica; Richard Worswick; nursing care; All Saints; John Bicknell

Chapter.  4734 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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