National Doctors Day 2016 - Interview with Dr Rebecca Benbow
Posted on 30 March 2017.
Today is National Doctors Day and to mark the occasion we want to say a big thank you to our wonderful team of doctors for their dedicated service to our patients and their families.
Dr Rebecca Benbow is one of those doctors and has been working at the hospice since December 2016.
She comments: “Throughout medical school I developed an interest in palliative care so I decided to try working in a hospice before training in this field. A job became available at Compton Hospice and I jumped at the chance to work here.
“As a doctor it's my job to help patients and their families to understand what is happening and it’s a privilege to be in a role where people accept my involvement in their lives at such a challenging time. Some of our patients have a lot of knowledge about hospice care and the work we do here at Compton but sometimes we have patients who are quite fearful of hospice care and are unsure of what to expect. As a team we try to allay some of these fears and make them as comfortable as possible.
“I find my job very rewarding and absolutely love coming to work every day. I love the people, the patients, staff and volunteers, everyone is so lovely.
“I think people have the wrong preconception of what hospice care is but I can honestly say that Compton Hospice is one of the happiest places I have ever worked. Yes there are some sad times but there is also so much joy and that’s just one of the reasons why I love my job.”