#hellonameis... is an internationally recognised campaign encouraging person-centred, compassionate care through meaningful communication - both verbal and non-verbal. The campaign was initiated by the late Dr Kate Granger and her husband Chris Pointon.
St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds was privileged to care for Kate during the latter stages of her illness until her death on 23 July 2016 - her and Chris’s 11th wedding anniversary.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of St Gemma’s Hospice, we commissioned the award winning playwright Brian Daniels to write a play about Kate and Chris’s journey, before, during and after Kate’s cancer diagnosis.
Kate Granger was an outstanding geriatrician. She became a consultant in her early 30s and continued to work and inspire patients and colleagues until her illness prevented her from continuing. Once Kate became a patient she looked at life from the other side of the hospital bed. She had numerous encounters with a wide range of medical and healthcare professionals and felt she was losing a sense of her personal identity. Then a porter named Brian arrived to take her to the operating theatre. He said ‘Hello, my name is Brian and I’m going to take care of you’. Those words restored Kate’s feeling of self-worth. Kate and Chris resolved then to make a difference and started the campaign for those engaged in health and social care to introduce themselves with ‘Hello, my name is...’ and a smile. The campaign was born and has now achieved worldwide recognition.
The play tells the story of personal heartbreak, resolve and determination to make the world of healthcare a better place. You will laugh, you will cry but most importantly you will never forget that it’s the little things that make a difference.
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