Lord Mayor of Belfast praises support for terminally ill
10 Oct 2017
Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister marked the first day of Hospice Care Week with a visit to the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast.
During a tour of the hospice, the Lord Mayor heard about the care and support provided by Marie Curie to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones, and discussed the role of the local community in addressing unmet need among patients.
Across Northern Ireland, approximately 3,000 people who die every year are not accessing the type of care and support they need. Marie Curie wants to raise awareness of the importance of a whole-community approach to caring for those with terminal illnesses.
Eamon O’Kane (General Divisional Manager for Marie Curie Northern Ireland, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor to our hospice today, and to discuss the key issues facing people living with terminal illness in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. With so many patients missing out on the care and support they need, and front line health services under growing pressure, local community partners are crucial to addressing the gap. Whether this is by raising awareness of issues around death and dying in schools, or supporting carers and loved ones when they’re at work, we all have a role to play.”
Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister said: “It was a privilege for me to meet with staff at the Marie Curie centre and see first-hand the exceptional care that they provide for patients and their loved ones.
“The care and support provided by the charity is a great comfort - not just for those who are living with a terminal illness, but for their families and loved ones too. I’m so pleased to be here today to highlight the amazing work that Marie Curie does for the city, and to show my support for all they do.”
If you or someone you know is living with a terminal illness and looking for support call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309. If you would like care and support from a Marie Curie Nurse contact your district nurse or GP.