SSP Health’s Practice Managers at our GP surgeries across Wigan and Leigh moved their monthly meeting to Wigan and Leigh Hospice to learn about the services it offers and how we can partner with them to help our patients.
The group, from SSP’s 14 practices in the borough, heard from hospice Chief Executive Dr Alan Baron and Clinical Director Jo Carby. They told the meeting about the work of the hospice and the support it offers to people in the community, and how fundraising is crucial to maintaining the services it provides. It costs £10,000 a day to run - SSP's owners Drs Shikha and Sanjay Pitalia gave a £5,000 donation earlier this year.
The SSP team also heard from Jacqui White, Hospice Wellbeing Services Manager, about the Oak Centre, a wellbeing day service based at the Hindley hospice, which offers a host of activities for those receiving end-of-life care in the community. The centre’s activities include arts, music and crafts, talks, events and gives mutual support.
Also at the meeting, the Practice Managers heard from charities My Life and Community Circles, which have linked in the Wigan and Leigh area in an initiative to encourage volunteers to help out in care homes and to befriend residents who have shared interests. SSP is hoping to signpost this project to patients throughout the borough.
Community Circles’ Cath Barton, and Tracey Tolley and John Mitchel from My Life also outlined what other projects the charities were currently undertaking and discussed how our practices can help to promote them.
Thanks to the hospice for hosting us and the speakers for a very enlightening meeting!
Jacqui is pictured with our SSP Health Practice Managers in the hospice’s Oak Centre.