The board of Lifeline would like to send their deepest condolences on the passing of Richard Laycock, the husband of Dr Elaine Laycock who was a medical director of Lifeline for many years.
Our thoughts are with Dr Elaine Laycock and their family at this very sad time.
Lifeline Humanitarian Organisation
Patron: HRH Crown Princess Katherine
Chairman: Robert Valentine
Board members: Patricia Fisher, Michael Breen, Momcilo Novakovic & Lazar Vukovic
‘I wrote these feelings about palliative care on Tuesday April 27th only 12 hours after my husband died in MIchael Sobell Hospice at 11pm on April 26th.
After serving Palliative care for 40 years since I started, I was so privileged for my husband ( of 64 years) to receive such wonderful care, Thank God for palliative care, all who receive it, and all who give it.’ Dr Elaine Laycock
Palliative comes from the Latin PALIARE meaning cloak.
It is a form of total care for people with life threatening illnesses and their families, before, during, and after death.
This means improving physical, mental, social, and spiritual health, and includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, priests, and many volunteer helpers.
It was created in Britain as long ago as 1967 when Dame Cicely Saunders who was a nurse trained as a doctor and started palliative care at St Christopher’s Hospice in London.
Michael Sobell Hospice started in 1977 as the 3rd in England and I began as a doctor there in 1980.
It is a wonderful place of caring, sharing and supporting, We took medical staff from there to Serbia and helped create the Hospice in Knez Selo named after Princess Katherine.
Princess Katherine has taken a great interest in Michael Sobell Hospice and visited twice.
The true spirit of a hospice is a hospital which looks and feels like a home. Symptoms including pan for whatever reason are controlled, which may enable patients to go home, or if not to stay in and be kept peaceful and pain free.
The staff go to incredible lengths to keep people happy.
I have worked for MSH for 40years and feel so privileged to do so. Half the money is provided by our National Health Service and half by voluntary contributions.
We have shops and events regularly to raise the money needed as I am sure The Belhospice does. Admission is free for those who need to come in as it should be everywhere.
I personally am incredibly grateful to MSH as my husband died peacefully there only last night.
He had prostate cancer which had spread to the liver, and they looked after him so beautifully. No effort was too great.
Patients are not only treated with cancer, but heart problems, neurological disease, and many others.
It is vital that everyone who needs it should have free access to palliative care either as an in-patient near home, or in their own homes, or as day patients.
It costs a lot of money as it is labour intensive, but we must make sure it is available, and the State must agree to fund it.
I met Dame Cicely Saunders. She was an impressive lady, who left us a legacy we cannot and must not ignore.
May palliative care flourish in Serbia!
Dr Elaine Laycock MBE. MB, BS, DCH