Rex was our very first patient at our Penzance Neighbourhood Hub. He dropped in to Clarence House in October last year (2017) after his sister-in-law suggested he visit. Rex had a long history of breathing difficulties, and pain in his joints and bones.

At this initial appointment a lot of information was gathered and as Rex had referred himself, links were made with his GP to gain more medical detail before any treatments began. His first session was then conducted by Michelle Earle, Physiotherapist, at St Julia’s Hospice, which is nearer to his home than Penzance.


“With specific breathing exercises, pain management techniques and general advice Rex improved significantly and started managing his symptoms much better”, says Michelle. “We also referred him on to Sandy, one of our Complementary Therapists, who treated him with aromatherapy and massage and gave him specific treatments to continue at home. He began walking a little more each day and building up his exercise tolerance and his independence. It was good to see him cheered on by his successes and he started planning to return to the choir he so enjoys being a part of.”

Unfortunately Rex became less well just before Christmas and developed a chest infection. At this point he was too poorly to visit the hospice for his treatment so the physiotherapist went to see him at home to offer treatment and advice about his ongoing care. Happily he made a good recovery and didn’t have to go to hospital and Rex says this was a real plus, “the Hub team have helped make my life so much better and were instrumental in keeping me out of hospital this time. It’s good to know the team by name and to have that personal contact. I have to say the treatments have made such a difference to me. The Hub and the hospice are fantastic places with wonderful people.”