Prince of Wales to visit Norwich

The Prince of Wales is to visit Norwich later this month.

The Prince is visiting Great Yarmouth on Monday, February 27, where he will undertake a number of engagements including a visit to Palmers Department Store to launch their 175th anniversary celebrations of being in the town.

And it has now been revealed that in the afternoon he will tour the Priscilla Bacon Centre on Unthank Road, Norwich, where he will meet patients, staff and supporters.

The centre provides specialist NHS palliative care to people and their families who have advanced progressive disease, including various cancers and long term conditions such as motor neurone disease, Parkinson's and progressive respiratory disease.

The history of the centre began in 1975 when a group of individuals, including doctors, nurses, an occupational therapist, and a clergyman met to discuss the establishment of a service to care for people with cancer in Norfolk.

Inspired by St Christopher's Hospice in London, the 'continuing care group' wanted the same kind of care to be available to patients locally.

Following a positive and generous response from local people, Priscilla Bacon Lodge opened to its first patients in October 1979 – and was officially opened by the Duchess of Kent in February 1980.

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Since then, the site has developed into a specialist palliative care unit and is run by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

Christine Hawkins, modern matron at the Priscilla Bacon Centre, said: 'We are very honoured that His Royal Highness will soon visit Priscilla Bacon Centre and our staff and patients are all thoroughly looking forward to his arrival.

'At the centre our multidisciplinary team of staff support the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of patients with life-limiting illnesses, such as cancer or motor-neurone disease, to ensure they have the best possible quality of life.

'We are very proud of the palliative and end of life care we provide to local people and will be delighted to speak to Prince Charles about the wide range of services offered to patients and their families. During his visit, the Prince will be invited to take a tour of the centre which will give him an opportunity to meet our staff and patients, as well as see some of the services and activities we provide.'

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