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1973

We opened our door to patients as The Douglas Macmillan Home. In our first year we cared for 315 patients.

1979

Our first Social Worker was appointed. We have always kept the holistic approach at the forefront of everything we do. Today we have a large team helping to care for all patients and families.

1981

Our volunteers launched our bereavement care visits. This is still a core component in the services we offer; we now have psychological therapists offering 1 to 1 support and group sessions.

1983

Our first Palliative Care Nurse Specialists were appointed. Today, we receive referrals from GPs and district nurses to our community team, wherever possible, giving patients, families and carers a choice of where they wish to spend their remaining time.

1985

Our Day Therapy Services began.

1993

The Douglas Macmillan Home became Douglas Macmillan Hospice – or as it is now more commonly known, the Dougie Mac.

2001

We launched our Hospice at Home service which provided care and respite services for patients and families who choose to stay in their own homes.

2004

We extended our services beyond cancer to support any life-limiting illness – including Dementia, heart disease, motor neurone disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

2010

We launched our 24/7 advice line for healthcare professionals providing palliative care to local adults.

2011

We opened our innovative and award winning Community Lodges. These three independent lodges are situated on the main hospice grounds and are now part of the inpatient services.

2015

Our new Day Therapy Services expand further with a new purpose-built unit opened thanks to a grant from the Department of Health. Supporters and charitable trusts funded the cost of fitting the building.

2017

We incorporated our new 7-bedded unit and independent living suites to our inpatient services, increasing our bed capacity to 33.

2017

We become the first organisation in North Staffordshire to have our own Admiral Nurse. Wendy Mountford joined the team and gives expert advice and support for people caring for a relative with dementia.

2018

Dougie Mac celebrates its 45th anniversary.

2018

Dougie Mac forms strategic alliance with local dementia charity Approach in a move to further develop specialist dementia care within Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

2018

Dougie Mac appoints a second Admiral Nurse; the first hospice in the UK to have 2 specialist dementia nurses.
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