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Marie Curie Scotland
Marie Curie Scotland is supported by the Dalemain Marmalade Awards.
For over 40 years, Marie Curie Cancer Care has been a leading provider of end of life care in Scotland. The charity supports patients in their own homes as well as through two hospices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Both hospices have recently been fully refurbished allowing nurses and health care professionals to provide expert free care in a modern environment, with improved standards of privacy and dignity for patients.
Each hospice specialises in providing holistic care for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses such as motor neurone and heart disease. In addition to managing symptoms such as pain, staff look after the emotional, spiritual and social needs of both in and out-patients and their families, providing services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social services, bereavement counselling and chaplaincy. Marie Curie also works hard to ensure that those patients who are able to go home after a stay in the hospice can do so.
In addition to the two hospices, Marie Curie employs more than 250 nurses, across Scotland, to provide care and support to people with end of life illnesses, within the comfort of their own home, preventing the need for hospital stays.
Between 2012-13 Marie Curie nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals cared for 4,425 people in Scotland as well as providing support for their families. This care is provided free of charge and is available to anyone with a terminal illness, not just cancer.
As a world leader in researching better ways to care for patients at the end of their life, Marie Curie also campaigns for better end of life care in Scotland. In particular, everyone’s right to choose to die at home.
If you or anyone you know would like to access Marie Curie services please speak to your GP or District Nurse.