Nicki Shaw, chief executive and Sean Hilton, chair of trustees, welcomed Dr Llewelyn to a tour of Princess Alice Hospice in Esher, where she met staff and volunteers.
During her tour of the In-Patient Unit, Dr Llewelyn saw the outstanding palliative and end-of-life care the hospice provides to adults across Surrey, south-west London and Middlesex. The hospice also supports patients’ friends and families.
Dr Llewelyn thanked team members Nicki, Sean, Lesley Munro, Jo Reynolds, Rosie Noble, Sarah Friggeri and Carrie Lee and volunteers Vanessa Hill and Debbie Clements for their hospitality. They discussed the wonderful work they do in caring for patients, volunteering, engaging with the community, and supporting the bereaved.
As a leading UK hospice charity, part of its work involves learning, teaching, and research, but 84% of its income is spent on care, and at least 800 people in need receive care at any one time. All its work is funded by fundraising and community support to supplement its modest NHS grant.