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GCSE Students Visit Sue Ryder Hospice

 thorpe hallYear 11 students visited the Sue Ryder hospice at Thorpe Hall in Longthorpe as part of their GCSE Medical Ethics studies.

The visit began with a tour of the hospice and a talk from the Nurse Educator, Maggie Fay. Maggie explained to the students that the average stay at Thorpe Hall is ten days and that about half the patients are not having end of life care. The girls learnt that some patients are in great pain which can be better managed short term in the hospice. Some patients have neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease. In these cases, the hospice offers short term respite care.

Andrew Cox, Head of Philosophy and Ethics at Stamford High School, said: “Whatever the care being offered, the girls quickly became aware of the calming atmosphere and the immense dedication of the staff. The students asked some excellent questions and we are indebted to the staff for their honest and frank responses.”

Year 11 student, Isobel Billington, added: "We all learnt so much about palliative care and the many purpose of the hospice, including day services and counselling. There was an open atmosphere, as all through the tour we were welcome to ask any questions, it made us feel that our views were valued. On behalf of us all, thank you for giving us a tour around Thorpe Hall and making us feel so welcome."

To read the full account of the visit and an interview with the staff, please click on the attachment below.