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New blanket group for end of life patients at hospital




A new group has been set up at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds for end of life patients.

Michelle Buono, a Macmillan end of life education nurse, set up the ‘blanketeers’ to help comfort patients during their final days.

The blankets will be given to the patient and can then be given to their family or friends to take home and cherish.

Michelle Buono with Sam Hobson and Jan Watson, the palliative care team. Picture by Mark Westley.
Michelle Buono with Sam Hobson and Jan Watson, the palliative care team. Picture by Mark Westley.

Michelle is asking anyone to ‘knit a square to show you care’ by joining the group every second Wednesday of the month 2pm until 3pm in the chaplaincy room in the hospital – it started on Wednesday.

They are also looking for donations of wool, needles and crochet hooks.

Michelle said each blanket is given to an end of life patient on the wards, it brightens up the ward and patients environment, it is a comfort and keepsake for families and helps identify to professionals on the wards, those patients who are receiving end of life care.

The size of blankets are approximately 48in by 48in or 122cm by 122cm and chunky five or six knitting needles.

For more information contact the palliative team on 01284 713776 or wsh-tr.palliativecare@nhs.net



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