Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity, helping people with life-limiting illnesses and their families across East Dorset.
They contacted us recently to let us know that patient feedback for their Better Breathing Clinic has been overwhelmingly positive. We were very pleased to hear that the support of The Hospital Saturday Fund has allowed their clinic to build on this success, improving the lives of more people living with progressive lung disease. Their clinical staff pride themselves on an in-depth approach, with the time listen to patients’ needs, as reflected on in a recent letter to the Hospice.
Earlier this year I suffered regression to the pulmonary condition I have had for several years. After tests including portable oxygen proved unhelpful, I was referred to the Lewis-Manning Hospice Care. You explained with the aid of a drawing exactly how the fibrosis affected my breathing. You then started me on a series of breathing and physical exercises to assist me to walk further than a few paces I was capable of at the time. Further visits produced increased capability and feeling of wellbeing. I thank you for transforming me from ‘armchair sitting despair’ to a functioning human being and the capability to live a near normal life. With grateful thanks.
Unfortunately since March, their clinician has been unable to see patients face-to-face due to the high-level risk of infection of Covid-19. Instead, assessment, vital advice, and coping strategies are provided over the phone to help patients cope with their breathlessness whilst being isolated.
For more information on this charity and their Better Breathing Clinic, please visit https://lewis-manning.co.uk/