Olympic party time for patients

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Staff from Angus Specialist Palliative Care Services hosted their own mini Olympic-themed parties for patients at Forfar, Arbroath and Stracathro.

With Olympic fever gripping the country, Angus Specialist Palliative Care Services staff decided to hold their own Olympic celebrations for patients last week.

Olympic-themed parties were held at Whitehills Health and Community care Centre in Forfar, Little Cairnie Hospital in Arbroath as well as at Macmillan Day Care at Stracathro Hospital where Angus Community Health Partnership’s palliative care team deliver specialist services palliative care services.

Palliative care can help alleviate the symptoms and improve the quality of life for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), advanced heart failure or motor neurone disease helping patients to live with their condition.

Patients who attended the parties were able to enjoy the red, white and blue Team GB themed celebrations starting with their Olympic party invitations, Union Jack decorations and a selection of colourful snacks and nibbles for patients.

Staff and volunteers organised fun-packed parties in which patients competed in their own special mini Olympic Games as well as take part in quizzes and competitions. At the end of the party all patients were presented with their own ‘gold medal’.