Christina McKelvie MSP recently met representatives from Marie Curie to hear about the care they offer locally to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.
In South Lanarkshire, around 2,700 people each year need palliative care to relieve symptoms and improve their quality of life. Last year, 1,524 visits were made to patients across South Lanarkshire by the Marie Curie nursing team.
Thanking the Marie Curie Nurses who deliver hands-on care at homes across South Lanarkshire, Christina McKelvie also congratulated her constituents on their generous donations to the charity and encouraged continued support.
Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse said: “It was a pleasure to hear first-hand from the team at Marie Curie about the work they are carrying out across the Constituency.
“The support they offer to those with terminal illnesses and their families at one of the most difficult times for anyone is absolutely invaluable. So many families’ lives have been improved by the work of the Marie Curie team.
“You can help make sure that this support continues into the future by donating to Marie Curie or getting involved yourself.”
Marie Curie Nurses helped 93 percent of people last year to die in their place of choice, which is often at home. While most people cared for had cancer (79.2 percent), the charity supports people with all terminal conditions including neurological conditions, Motor Neurone Disease and frailty.
Ellie Wagstaff, Policy and Public Affairs Manager for Marie Curie Scotland said: “Thank you to Christina for highlighting the vital care and support terminally ill people need.
“We want everyone to have physical and emotional care to help them live as well as they can with terminal illness. At the end of life, that should also mean people have as much choice as possible and with Marie Curie support the difference might be that they can stay at home and spend precious time with loved ones.”
Anyone can receive free support through the Marie Curie Information and Support Line on 0800 090 2309 or visit mariecurie.org.uk/help.