Counterpoint: Hospice

Counterpoint: Hospice

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Details

Location

Belfast

Year

1989

Date

Transmission 14/12/1989

Length

25min 05sec

Audio

sound

Format

Betacam

colour

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

ITV

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

Documentary on the Northern Ireland Hospice and the healthcare they provide for the elderly, featuring interviews from staff and patients. 

Reflecting on their work in the hospice, two nurses discuss how they "feel privileged to be there" and that "we are all here because of what has happened to us in our lives... the pain which has enabled us to understand pain... to empathise with them, sympathy isn't enough in a place like this". 

However, it is difficult sometimes to provide the level of care required due to funding. Management staff are seen in a meeting discussing lobbying, and though they agree about how far ahead the hospice movement in NI is compared to England, they are frustrated at not having enough bed space or room to give privacy to grieving families.

In an uplifting viewpoint, a patient confesses that "an illness like cancer can be a gift to a family" - which she acknowledges sounds strange - but explains that "people come, friends come, and they bring you gifts, they bring themselves, they give you time and it's a way of saying your life meant something". 

Credits

A UTV Production.

This programme was made with co-operation of the staff, the volunteers and the patpatients of the Northern Ireland Hospice

Producer: Brian Black

Executive producer: Michael Beattie

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