Kate Forbes MSP has praised the support available for Highland residents living with a terminal illness and their families provided by Marie Curie, the terminal illness charity.
At a meeting with Marie Curie staff earlier this month, Kate Forbes MSP discussed the work of Marie Curie across her constituency of Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.
Local Marie Curie Nurses provide hands-on care and vital emotional support enabling families to be cared for and to die at home, where that is their choice and appropriate for them.
In 2015/16 in NHS Highland 303 patients were supported in 2,301 Marie Curie visits. Across Scotland in 2015/16 the charity provided care and support for more than 8,000 people living with a terminal illness through its hospices in Glasgow and Edinburgh and Nursing Service.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “It was a pleasure to meet the nurses and staff that deliver excellent end-of-life healthcare to the most vulnerable patients in the Highlands.
“These nurses sit with patients and families, offering respite and care.
“One of the greatest concerns I have is that not enough families and patients know about Marie Curie’s care and so don’t benefit from it.
“I would urge anybody who are themselves struggling with a terminal illness, or are acquainted with a patient in this situation, to get in touch with Marie Curie.
“I have immense respect, too, for the volunteers that keep Marie Curie going by organising fundraising events or standing outside supermarkets handing out leaflets.”
Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland, added: “We were delighted to share examples with Kate of the great work that our local services provide to her constituents as well as the great efforts our fundraising groups and volunteers do locally.”