A day care patient at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Peter McBride goes every Thursday to receive complementary therapies, counselling and to use the art room. He has been using the facilities at the hospice for three years following a diagnosis of prostate cancer and is undergoing palliative chemotherapy.
A former English and Latin teacher, he worked at schools around North Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and the Borders and now lives in Giffnock in a sheltered housing complex. A keen singer, Peter is a member of a choir.
It was Peter’s GP who initially introduced him to the idea of using the hospice as a day care patient:
“My GP at the time encouraged me to take a look around the hospice and its facilities – at first, it seemed like a daunting thought however I quickly realised there was nothing to worry about. The hospice is a place where I can come for a change of scene, keep busy and relax in a supportive environment. It’s great to just have a laugh with the staff and other patients.
“I’ve been receiving physiotherapy since having a double knee replacement a few months ago. The overall complementary therapy service really boosts your wellbeing.
“When I was a teacher, I played a lot of rugby and football, so coming in for a massage is fantastic. It’s also comforting to know I have someone to chat to that can put my mind at ease - even though I’ve got my family, it’s good knowing that you have an ear here.
“A lot of people don’t realise the diverse services on offer at the hospice which are hugely enjoyable. I look forward to coming in each week, regardless of what’s scheduled for that day.”