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Our Trip To WOMAD with Festival Spirit & St Christopher’s Hospice

  This weekend, for the first time in a long time, I was simply a young adult. A festival-goer just like everyone else. Thanks to two incredible charities, Festival Spirit and St Christopher’s Hospice, I was able to go to…

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Happy 70th Birthday, NHS – Thank You For Keeping Me Alive

Happy 70 Birthday, NHS.Today we celebrate the NHS and all its successes and glory. An institution not only providing free healthcare for all, regardless of need or ability to pay, but one that is a national treasure. The NHS may…

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#ExpOfCare Week; A Patient Perspective on Professionals’ Attitude, Behaviour, Approach & Compassion & its Effect on Experience Of Care

#Hellomynameis Lucy Watts MBE. I’m a 24 year old young adult with a progressive, life-limiting condition that has caused very complex medical needs. This means I spend a lot of time in the company of healthcare professionals and far too…

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A Political Manifesto By Molly Dog

My name is Molly (Molly Dog [with a blog] to my followers) and I am a 5 year old working class, dog, a Working Cocker Spaniel to be precise. I live in the beautiful place called Benfleet in Essex, where…

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RIP Stephen Hawking; A Hero Of Mine

We awoke today to the news that one of our greatest minds, Professor Stephen Hawking, has passed away age 76. Stephen was an incredible person, he had intelligence that knew no bounds, determination and inner strength that would rival any…

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Hope For A Diagnosis: My NMCCC Admission March 2018 for a Muscle Biopsy

This week I was admitted to the Neuromuscular Complex Care Centre (NMCCC) at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square (NHNN). This admission was for my muscle biopsy, long awaited - I’ve been waiting since 2016, and we…

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To Friendship & A Collaborative Partnership; My Meeting with Dr Tedros, Director General of the World Health Organisation

Today I had the greatest pleasure of a personal meeting with Dr Tedros, Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) regarding my palliative care advocacy work and ensuring that palliative care gets included in universal health coverage packages. The…

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My call with Dr Tedros, Director General of the World Health Organisation

Last week, it was the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board. The WHO is an international organisation who direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system. The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) and International Association for Hospice…

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Another Year Over, A New One (almost) Begun – Reflecting on 2017

2017 has been an incredible year, I feel truly privileged for all the opportunities I’ve received, all the new roles and projects, all the experiences, places I’ve been, things I’ve done, people I’ve met. This year Molly and I started…

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East of England Patient Leadership Event – 23rd November 2017

Today I had an absolutely amazing day at the Patient Leadership Workshop Event run by Health Education East of England, East of England NHS Leadership Academy and The Eastern Academic Health Science Network. It was an event to bring together…

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