A MARIE Curie nurse has praised TV series Call the Midwife for its sensitive tackling of an end-of-life care storyline.
The smash BBC One show came to the end of its third successful series on Sunday night – drawing an audience of more than eight million to bid farewell to one of the show’s stars, midwife Jenny Lee, played by Jessica Raine.
But it was a storyline concerning Miranda Hart’s much-loved character Chummy and her mother Lady Browne which caught the attention of Pam Roberts from Ruabon.
Former midwife and current Marie Curie nurse Mrs Roberts said: “Like nurse Jenny Lee, I feel like I have done the full life cycle of nursing, from the sheer joy of bringing a new life into the world, through to the joy of providing people at the end of their life with a choice to be at home, in familiar surroundings with family and loved ones close by.
“At Marie Curie we feel a good dignified death is only possible if patients and families have access to specialist palliative care and good pain control at home around the clock.
“Working as part of a team to deliver Marie Curie’s Overnight Nursing and Rapid Response service across North Wales means people with a terminal illness receive care when and where they need it and it reduces unnecessary emergency hospital admissions.”
The Call the Midwife series conclusion coincided with Marie Curie publishing a new report on the experiences of terminally ill people, their families, carers and bereaved carers.
The report, called ‘Difficult Conversations with Dying People and their Families’, draws attention to the issues of around-the-clock care and the practical and emotional challenges terminally ill people and their families face.
A new survey commissioned by Marie Curie with Doctors.net.uk showed terminally ill people are not getting access to the right care.
The survey, compiled from 1,000 GPs across the UK, revealed a third of GPs don’t believe their terminally ill patients get adequate access to specialist palliative care nursing, and only 39 per cent of GPs believe their terminally ill patients get adequate access to care at night and at weekends.