Our Caring Services
The Medical Team at St Raphael’s is led by the Medical Director,
Dr Marie Joseph.
(Left to right): Dr Samantha Edward; Dr Sally Middleton; Dr Martine Meyer; Dr Marie Joseph (Medical Director);
Mrs Marjolijn Ford (Matron); Dr Juliet Boyd; Dr Steven Greer and Dr Helen Stride.
The primary purpose of the doctors is to ensure that patients are, as far as possible, relieved of being in pain, or other distressing symptoms, but still being alert enough to enjoy a reasonable quality of life.
It is a common misconception, held by many people, that hospices are simply places to go and die. In reality, many of our patients come into the hospice for symptom control such as unbearable pain, but once that has been brought under control are able to go home again for a further period. Of course patients do die at the hospice, and we hope that we provide care and surroundings that gives dignity and comfort to every patient.
The medical team also provides domiciliary [as well as clinic] patient assessments and support.
In addition, Dr Joseph also conducts a regular weekly ‘pain clinic’ at the hospice in which patients can be seen even at very short notice.
All the doctors work very closely with the Ward nursing team, day care team the community nursing team including Hospice @ Home, and the family support team.
Dr Steven Greer
Dr Greer sees in-patient, community and day care patients, bereaved relatives and, if required, distressed members of staff for cognitive behaviour therapy and counselling.