Christmas Day at St Clare Hospice

Charity / Fri 27th Dec 2019 at 11:17am

ON Christmas Day, we went up to St Clare Hospice to interview three members of staff.

The Hastingwood-based hospice has a special place in Harlow residents’ hearts and we wanted to find out a little more about what it is like on December 25th.

Before, we start, we hope that you will have a think about donating to St Clare Hospice. It costs £8,000 a day to keep the hospice running. It would be great if you could help.

For more details, go to https://stclarehospice.org.uk/donate/

We interviewed Tony Shattock who volunteers to run the reception. Tony is the first person people see when they come into the hospice on what can be a difficult day for family and friends.

We then went to speak to Dr Qamar Abbas. Dr Abbas started as a doctor at St Clare Hospice, when its Inpatient Unit started in January 2000. He was appointed as Deputy Medical Director in 2006 and he has also been working as a Consultant at the hospice and Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust since 2013. In November 2018 Qamar was appointed as the Medical Director of St Clare Hospice.

Qamar is also a Senior Clinical Tutor at the University of Cambridge as well as a Trainer for junior doctors and an appraiser for the General Medical Council.

We asked him about his role on Christmas Day.

Finally, we met Irene O’Dell, one of their Specialist Palliative Care nurse.. We interviewed Irene in the Sanctuary Room.

Irene works closely with staff and families ensuring that things are as good as they can be at what can be a difficult time for families. This was Irene’s second Christmas working at St Clare, where she was available to support, patients, families colleagues and other health care professionals.

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