East End hospice focus of Radio 4 show

THE East End’s biggest hospice has been chosen as the focus of a BBC radio show delving into how the modern day service works.

Doctors, nurses, patients and carers at St Joseph’s Hospice, in Mare Street were interviewed for Radio 4’s medical show Case Notes last week, which airs tonight (February 1).

The idea behind the programme is to dispel some of the myths surrounding hospices.

Relying on �12million a year of donations and funding from the NHS, the hospice is free to anyone in east and north-east London.

The average patient stay costs �13,400.

During the programme, presenter Dr Mark Porter speaks to in-patients on the wards to see how complimentary therapies helped them.

He also shadowed a community nurse, Katie Mitchell, as she visited a recently bereaved carer.

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Michael Kerin, the hospice’s chief executive, said he hopes the documentary will put across the message that hospices deliver care that people “want and need, where they want it”.

The programme will air on Radio 4 at 9pm tonight and again at 4.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday Feb).

It can also be listened to on the BBC i-player at bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006th1n.