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Call from Marie Curie end of life care charity for help in Ross-shire

By Imogen James

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MARIE Curie is appealing for carers to come forward to help plug gaps in provision in parts of Ross-shire and the wider Highlands.

The end of life care charity provides visits, care and support to terminally ill people across the Highlands.

The value of the service has come into even sharper focus during the Covid crisis and earlier lockdown with a rise in the number of people who died at home during the pandemic due to a loss of or interruption to health and social care services.

The charity specialises in giving end of life care and support to people in their homes and in two hospices.

Health care assistants are needed in Wester Ross, the Western Isles, Lochaber, Caithness, Orkney and Sutherland.

Anyone with a health or social care background is invited to apply.

Lesley Middleton, clinical nurse manager at Marie Curie, said: “We know how vital the services we provide to terminally ill people are – even more so, for those living in rural areas. Last year, we cared for the highest amount of people on record since the charity began over 70 years ago, and it’s imperative we can continue being there for people and their families in their final days, weeks, months and years.

“That’s why we are looking for four people with a health or social care background to come and join our close-knit team. No one likes to think about death, dying and bereavement, but, sadly, it’s something all of us will experience in our lives, which is why the work we do is so vital to these local communities.

“Caring for people in their homes is something that is extremely personal with one on one tailored care. We build up a rapport with patients and their families and are there for them day or night.”

To apply, visit: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/jobs

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