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Tibute to Dr Mary Baines


 Tributes are being paid to Dr Mary Baines OBE who has died peacefully at St Christopher’s Hospice.


Dr Baines played an instrumental role in establishing hospice care when she joined St Christopher’s in 1968 as a consultant when she was approached by her friend Dr Cicely Saunders. In 1969 Dr Baines was the driving force behind the establishment of St Christopher’s home care service, a pioneering approach that cared for patients in their own familiar surroundings, and an approach that is now replicated worldwide. Dr Baines also carried out research at the hospice, published textbooks and spoke at conferences about hospice and palliative care, devoting much time to supporting training for hospices in Eastern Europe and Africa.


"Mary Baines was a pioneer of home palliative care, in particular, finding the evidence which enabled us to manage people in the community despite having bowel obstruction. She developed techniques that underpinned approaches that we still use today. She was a great supporter and friend to the Cicely Saunders Institute and Cicely Saunders International. We will miss her presence at seminars, workshops and meetings. I will personally miss her advice and dedication’. Irene Higginson


‘I was very sad to hear of Mary's death. Whenever we had an event at the Cicely Saunders Institute I always knew that we would have the pleasure of Mary's company. She always demonstrated a keen engagement with current challenges in global palliative care- and at the same time she would skilfully reference the current debate back to the early challenges faced by her and Cicely in their pioneering developments. Mary always had a sharp focus on expansion of palliative care, and especially care for patients and families in the community. Her vision always included partners around the world, and would often reflect on international challenges and the global leaders she and Cicely had encouraged during her career. I shall miss seeing her at the Institute, and our chats about work, her garden and her family’. Richard Harding

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