Marie Therese House in Hayle celebrates 30 year anniversary
Marie Therese House in Hayle celebrated its 30th anniversary this month with a tea party for patients and their families.
The 12-bed unit, which provides rehabilitation for people with a range of neurological conditions with physical disability, opened its doors in 1983 when the first six patients were welcomed to reside in the property permanently.
It was nuns from the Order of the Daughter of the Cross of Liege, who set up and ran St Michael’s Hospital, along with consultant Dr Evans who established the house after they realised a need for a specialised centre for patients with long-term neurological problems.
The house, which was transferred to Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, no longer cares for permanent patients, but is a unique facility in Cornwall.
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Anne Heathcote, Marie Therese House team leader, said: “Over the years our work has certainly changed. The patients we see now are more acute and have more complex needs.
"We used to have patients aged from 16 to 65 but now our upper age limit has gone, although we now only have patients aged 18 and above. The unit is more rehab focused and we provide therapeutic activities including cookery and pottery via several of our long-time volunteers.”
There are currently 25 nurses, eight therapists and two administrators working as part of a team plus a group of domestic staff.
The unit has its own group of Friends and the team are keen to attract others to support the work undertaken at Marie Therese House.
For more information on the work of the Friends and how to join contact Anne Heathcote on 01736 758875.