Kikelomo Pinheiro's Interview Summary
Kimelomo was born in 1972 and has just started working at Willen Hospice as Director of Clinical Services, a role in which she ensures that everybody delivers the best care possible for the patients. She was a pharmacist but started working with palliative care patients in the community and so when this opportunity came up she applied. Kikelomo feels it is really important that people die with dignity and comfort which is easier to provide in a Hospice rather than a hospital. As well as the nursing and doctor’s teams, there is a Counselling Team helping patients and relatives and Social Care workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Complementary Therapies such as Art Therapy. She believes that everybody deserves to die well and the Hospice with its dedicated staff helps ensure this. She thinks that palliative care has changed over the years moving from symptom control to holistic and is excited about the extension and extra beds that will be available soon. She also wants to see a more inclusive services with palliative care available to the homeless and the LGBTQ community.