Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson praises for Formby's St J

Sefton Central Labour MP BIll Esterson with Frances Taylor Foundation and St Joseph’s management, Sister Mena, Nigel Turner and Sister Margeret, during his recent visit.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson visited St Joseph’s Care Home and Fernley Day Centre in Formby to see for himself the day centre's facilities and to hear about the plans by the Frances Taylor Foundation for the centre. 

Bill also raised concerns put to him by families of the residents at St Joseph’s who are people with disabilities. 

Some relatives have expressed concerns about plans to make changes at St Joseph’s and Bill will be discussing what the managers at the hospice told him about the plans. 

The charity which runs the hospice has had a long track record of caring for disabled people.

Bill said it was clear from the visit that the facilities at St Joseph’s are excellent.

Bill said: "The staff are clearly dedicated to looking after the residents and those who use the day centre and I was very impressed by the quality of care. 

"St Joseph’s has some of the best facilities for people with disabilities that I have ever seen and no wonder that families are so keen for their relatives to use the facilities. I can’t speak highly enough of the staff and from what I have seen people who go to St Joseph’s are well looked after. 

"Given some of the recent scandals at places like Winterbourne View, it is understandable that families should raise their concerns about how vulnerable disabled relatives are cared for but anyone who has visited St Joseph’s would say that there should be no such concerns in Formby.

"The management told me that they want to make sure they offer appropriate care to their residents and day centre visitors. It is important that the families feel satisfied that any changes are in the best interests of their relatives and I will be making sure that any of their concerns and those of staff affected by the changes are taken on board by the management at the hospice."


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