“I’m not going to sit here and just curl up and die. I’m looking for ways to keep going and so far they’ve managed that very well”
Michael Beswick, aged 72, a retired architect, lives alone in Manchester city centre. He is receiving palliative care from North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service (NMMPCSS) after being diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.
NMMPCSS was launched on 21 September 2015. Over £250,000 was invested into the service which is a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, The Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, the Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups and St Ann’s Hospice. The service provides:
- Round-the-clock telephone advice, as well as visits and care in the home
- Dedicated professionals working together with patients and carers – seven days a week from 8am to 8pm
- An open referral system for patients, carers and professionals
- Help with managing problems such as pain, sickness, breathlessness, and psychological and emotional support
- Ways for people to talk about what is important to them in their care
- Extra help at home when things are difficult, bringing support to carers
Michael says: “I feel like half the nursing fraternity is looking after me at the moment because every which way I turn there is somebody who specialises in something else. Yesterday someone came out to talk to me about walking sticks for example.
“It’s lovely that all these people are there when I need them. The district nurses work alongside the Macmillan nurses so everyone talks to one another.
“I think the most significant point in realising where the team was coming from was when my GP arranged a multi disciplinary team meeting and invited my family to join in as well. Everybody was listening and they were all putting in their contribution at the right time.
“It was only afterwards that I realised that everybody there was caring for me.”