Ruffley to discuss future developments in St Nicholas Hospice visit

Monday, 4 September, 2006

David Ruffley MP will be visiting the St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 7 September.

David will be receiving an update on the Hospice's work from Chief Executive, Ron Overton.

The St Nicholas Hospice serves a population of 250,000 in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area. As a registered charity, it meets the needs of the people with active progressive disease, where life expectancy is uncertain and for whom the focus of care is the quality of life. Its services extend to the needs of partners, families and other carers before and after a patient's death.

David said:

'The St Nicholas Hospice provides palliative care for patients and their families who are living with terminal illnesses such as cancer. This care can be provided to the end of life, in the Hospice, in local hospitals and at home.

'This service entirely free to all who need their help but they can only do this with the support of the local community.

'I hope that during my visit I will learn more about the Hospice's valuable community work and how we, both locally and nationally, can do more to support them in this most worthwhile cause.