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Council leader impressed by hospice services

The Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council visited Saint Francis Hospice to find out more about the services it provides to the community. 
L-R Cllr Darren Rodwell, Tes Smith, Tudur Williams, Divisional Director of Adult Social Care and Jan

Clllr Darren Rodwell, who was joined by Tudur Williams, the council's Divisional Director of Adult Social Care, were at the hospice on Wednesday (January 13) for the first time and they were impressed by the wide range of care and support services available to people affected by life limiting illnesses.    


They also spent time with Tes Smith, the hospice's Director of Quality and Care and the Director of Fundraising Jane Frame to discuss how the council could work in closer partnership with the charity to benefit residents in Barking and Dagenham.


"I am pleasantly surprised at the size of the hospice and the services available to our residents," said Cllr Rodwell.    


"By working more closely with the hospice in the future it will allow us to develop our services in the local community even further."    


Tudur said, "We are really impressed with what we have seen.    


"It is a much more comprehensive service than I was expecting and I look forward to working together."    


"We are delighted that Cllr Rodwell and Tudor came to visit with us today," said Tes.    


"We do struggle with people understanding what a vast service we provide and people are always welcome to come and see what we have to offer and how we can work together.    


"We know how stretched all health and social care providers are in this current economic climate and working together to achieve accessible high quality care for all is imperative to getting this right." 


L-R Cllr Darren Rodwell, Tes Smith, Tudur Williams, Divisional Director of Adult Social Care and Jan


L-R Cllr Darren Rodwell, Tes Smith, Tudur Williams, Divisional Director of Adult Social Care and Jane Frame


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