But every so often, they are brought into the spotlight by television programmes. Coronation Street’s recent storyline about Sinead Tinker’s second cancer diagnosis and death has been watched closely by people across the country.
Sinead’s cancer storylines have highlighted the importance of cervical smears at a time when screenings are at their lowest for a decade, but also brought hospice care into the spotlight.
She had visited a hospice and considered it as an option for when her health deteriorated. But ultimately, the character was told by her doctor that she was too weak to travel to the hospice for end of life care and died at home with her husband and son at her bedside.
We’re sure plenty of people who watched the story unfold have had experience of a hospice and hospice care in some way and will know what a difference hospices can make to people and their families not only in those last few days and hours but from the point of diagnosis too. It is so important for people who have been told their illness cannot be cured to know that hospices are there for them and we hope Coronation Street has helped to spread the word about this in some way.
At The Myton Hospices, we focus on helping people to have a quality of life and to live well with their illness. Hospice care is diverse, caring not only for a person’s physical health but also their mental health and the wellbeing of their loved ones.
You can find out more about our services here.