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Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Division Bevan House 17 Beecham Court Smithy Brook Road Wigan WN3 6PR Tel: 01942 482649 Web: www.bridgewater.nhs.uk www.alwch.nhs.uk

10th May 2012

Local events for Dying Matters and Dementia Awareness Weeks District nurses will be supporting two major national initiatives from the 14 to 20 May by providing information throughout the borough on two subjects which we often avoid talking about – dying and dementia. Throughout the week district nurses from Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust will be placing information stands in busy locations around the borough to support Dying Matters Awareness Week and Dementia Awareness Week. Bridgewater Divisional Director Michelle Lee said: “Death comes to us all and it can be difficult to talk about, but talking has its benefits and planning can help make sure our loved ones are cared for and that individuals’ choices and wishes for the end of their life are known and respected. ”We have many experienced nurses who are trained and experienced in palliative care who can offer a range of support and advice to patients and their families at difficult times.” Information stand will be located in the following locations from 9.30am to 4pm. Monday 14th May 2012 – Atherton Health Centre (Main Entrance) Tuesday 15th May 2012 – Leigh Health Centre (WRVS area) Wednesday 16th May 2012 – Wigan Life Centre (North Building) Thursday 17th May 2012 – Worsley Mesnes Health Centre (1st Floor) Friday 18th May 2012 – Platt Bridge Health Centre (Ground Floor) District nursing staff will also be supporting colleagues from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL). On Tuesday 15th May WWL staff are holding a coffee morning in the dining room at Wigan Infirmary. The event from 10am to 12 noon is to raise awareness of issues surrounding death, dying and bereavement. District nursing staff will


also be joining WWL on the main corridor of Wigan hospital from 9am to 4pm on Thursday 17th May. They will be on hand to discuss the rapid discharge of patients, and end of life care for, patients at home. Dying Matters Awareness Week 2012 runs from 14 to 20 May and is organised by the Dying Matters Coalition. Events and activities are being held up and down the country to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. Janet Irvine, Lead Cancer Nurse at Wrightingon, Wigan and Leigh said “Talking about death doesn't bring death closer. It's about planning for life. Without communication and understanding, death and terminal illness can be a lonely and stressful experience, both for the person who is dying and for their friends and family. Dying people, and their families, can experience a tremendous sense of isolation. They can feel shut out of social circles and distanced from their communities. The Palliative Care Team at WWL is committed to supporting changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours around death and dying. The team aim to encourage a greater willingness to engage on death and bereavement issues. Susan Binns, one of our Macmillan Palliative Care Nurses has been instrumental in organising this week and I would encourage people to attend and support this initiative. By promoting openness and communication around dying, the Team are taking the first steps to achieving this.” The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Awareness Week 2012 runs from 20 to 26 May and is designed to raise awareness and understanding of dementia and get people to remember the person behind the dementia. WWL will also be holding an information stand on Wednesday 16 May, offering the opportunity to speak about dementia and end of life care. At some of these events people will be able to find out more about becoming a member of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust. The Trust is recruiting patients and members of the public who will have the opportunity to influence decisions about community healthcare services in this borough. For more information visit www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/ft For more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week 2012 visit www.dyingmatters.org. For more information about Dementia visit www.alzheimers.org.uk - ENDS ENDS Notes for Editors; 1. About Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust: Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust is responsible for providing NHS community health services in Ashton, Leigh & Wigan, Halton & St Helens, Trafford, Warrington and also delivers community dental services in the above areas plus Bolton, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Western Cheshire. The trust is divided into five divisions to ensure that there is local management of local services. These divisions are: Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Division Halton and St Helens Division Trafford Division Warrington Division Community Dental Network


Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust serves a population of more than one million over a combined area of around 322 square miles and employs the equivalent of 3,500 full time staff. The trust name comes from the Bridgewater Canal which encircles a significant proportion of the boroughs in which the trust provides services. www.bridgewater.nhs.uk For further information about the content of this news release, please contact the Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust (Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Division) Communications Manager on 01942 482649.


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