A NEW hospice facility has opened serving MABS patients in the south Costa Blanca and Murcia Mar Menor area.
President Jacqui Phillips was joined by directors, volunteers and patients of the four MABS Murcia groups to officially open the unit which is in the Savia Residencial Home, in Villamartin.
The fully equipped spacious double room benefits from a full size wet room; balcony with garden views; English TV; fridge; kettle; sofa; coffee table and small dining table and is set in sun drenched gardens. It be used exclusively by MABS and means the charity will now be able to offer dignified end of life care when needed and for patients who would benefit for a little rest and relaxation following cancer treatment; respite care will be available. The room also has sufficient space to accommodate a family member or friend should they wish to stay over.
An English speaking medical team will be on call 24 hour a day and the MABS Care Teams will ensure continuity of care throughout the patients stay. MABS have also negotiated a special menu to cater for the English palate and preferred eating times as well as special meal rates for visitors.
Respite patients can take advantage of the wide range of facilities at Villamartin including gym, swimming pool; exercise room; occupational and games facilities.
MABS can now proudly boast to having three hospice units covering the North, South and Centre of the Costa’s.
President Jacqui Phillips said: “This is a long held wish of mine to be able to offer a complete range of services to help people when they are at their most vulnerable. Cancer is a dreadful disease and we in MABS strive to help with everything from transport to translators; nursing care to counselling so this place now means we can provide complete care when needed.” She added: “We are delighted to be able to open this facility for the Murcia Region who are currently assisting almost 100 people who have cancer. Obviously we would like to have more of these places but they are not cheap so as and when funding becomes available we will increase the number of rooms we have.”
British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris was unable to attend the opening but sent a message of good wishes and support.
MABS is one of the longest established charities in Spain and even though it is a legally registered charity they do not receive any local or central government funding; all services provided are paid for from fundraising events and donations.
If you would like to know more about MABS Cancer Support Group in your area our website www.mabscancersupport.org