Marie Curie’s granddaughter visits our hospice in Hampstead

Hélène Langevin-Joliot with our Chief Executive Dr Jane Collins
Hélène Langevin-Joliot with our Chief Executive Dr Jane Collins

It was a privilege to welcome Hélène Langevin-Joliot, the granddaughter of Marie Curie to the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead yesterday. Hélène was given a tour of the hospice by Adrian Tookman, the hospice Medical Director, and Marie Curie Chief Executive Dr Jane Collins. She chatted to staff and patients and talked about her impressions of the hospice; the difference between hospice care in France, where she lives, and the UK; and the important legacy that her grandmother has left.

"Petits Curies"

One of the highlights of her visit was seeing the hospice’s fluoroscopy machine. This is a powerful X-ray machine that allows physicians like Dr Tookman to examine moving images in the body, such as pumping action of the heart or the motion of swallowing.

The machine is the only one in a UK hospice, as far as we are aware, and the technology it uses is similar to that of Marie Curie’s own field radiological centres that were used during the First World War, which were known as “Petites Curies”.

We are proud to be named in honour of one of the most inspirational figures of the 20th century. So we were delighted that Hélène came to visit the hospice to see a part of her grandmother's incredible legacy at work.

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