7th August 2018

Tom’s story

Tom, who is a kidney dialysis patient, was initially reluctant to attend day care sessions at the Bradbury Wellbeing Centre but as a result of positive experiences he is now a regular.

Initially I was reluctant to come as I thought it was just an old folks club, but now it’s the best day of the week for me. All of us who attend have our difficulties but we are there for one another and always have a laugh. I have made some great friends like Morris and the nurses are absolutely marvellous. The team are so compassionate and caring and always make time for a hug when you are feeling down.

My clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) was my first point of contact with Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. He arranged for me to come to the Wellbeing centre. Here I have access to other teams, such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists. They have been able to give me a special orthopaedic bed as I was unable to lie down in a standard bed. My CNS still sorts things out for me, like with the council and social services; he takes away my worry.

The doctors are lovely too and looked after me when I was very poorly. Everyone is absolutely marvellous and I always look forward to my weekly sessions.

The team at Woking & Sam Beare Hopsices have been a lifeline and so far I have not missed a session at the Wellbeing centre. From the minute the hospice driver picks me up, to when it’s time to leave, we are laughing. I wouldn’t want to miss this.