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Susan Hausberger 800 Mile Cycle Challenge

Retired accountant Susan Hausberger is facing the challenge of a lifetime as she gears up to cycle from her home in the Tyrol to the Macmillan unit in Christchurch. Sue, 58, when not sitting at her computer, is usually seen on the golf course or doing short bike-trips in and around Nassereith in the Tyrol, where she has been living since 1971, but on August 12th she will be donning her tricot and cycling 800 miles to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally, based at the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.

“Although I hated it as a child, I do quite a bit of sport in the meantime,” says Sue, “but the last time I cycled a distance like that was 12 years ago! Now I’m doing a 60 mile ride every week in addition to my normal training. And I’m also cutting back on the carbohydrates, to compensate for the extra weight I’ll be carrying!”

The hard work will all be worthwhile for Sue if she succeeds in raising £1,500 for Macmillan Caring Locally. This amount will buy a portable hospital bed that Macmillan deliver into people’s homes when a patient would prefer to be cared for at home. It will also fund an O2 saturation machine to be used in the Community by the Palliative Care Sisters.

Sue’s father, Don Wright, was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and the charity has been a constant support ever since, enabling her 79 year old Mum, Barbara, to take care of him at home in Bournemouth until only 11 days before he died in January this year. “When Dad’s illness got worse, it was a very difficult time for me,” Sue explained. “I live so far away in Austria and didn’t know how long Mum would cope, but she was put in touch with Macmillan Caring Locally who has been amazing. In addition to monitoring Dad’s progress, the palliative nurses helped Mum with paperwork for applications, supplied or advised on equipment to make life easier and came whenever needed for advice or support. During Dad’s last days, which he spent in the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch hospital, I was able spend a lot of time with him there and was really impressed by what they did for him and how kind they were to us.

“The Macmillan Charity did so much for us, now it’s time I did something for them. We asked for donations to the charity instead of flowers at the funeral, which I am sure was also in Dad’s interest. We collected much more that I had expected, which will go a long way to helping others, and this gave me the incentive to try and raise more.”

Her family and her Mum’s neighbours have also been very generous and she hopes other people in the local community will support her in her transeuropean cycle challenge. Sue is well known in her village for her work as chairwoman of the Active Club and leader of a self-support group as well as at her local Golf Club.

“Every penny that is raised will be going to the Charity as all of my travel expenses will be self financed. I want to help Macmillan Caring Locally to continue their invaluable work supporting families like mine.”

You can sponsor Sue by visiting her online fundraising page. You can pay by credit or debit card, and the money will go directly to Macmillan Caring Locally. Where supporters are UK taxpayers, the charity will automatically receive 28% extra in Gift Aid, which makes Justgiving the most efficient way of sponsoring Sue. You can follow Sue’s progress on her blog

List of pharmacies 

 Pharmacy name and address

Phone Number

100 hour pharmacy


Asda Pharmacy

St Pauls Road, Bournemouth,BH8 8DL

01202 298900


Bournemouth East

Castle Lane Pharmacy
482 Castle Lane West Bournemouth, BH8 9UD

01202 772110


Bournemouth West

Ferndown Pharmacy
487 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, BH22 9AG

01202 892666


East Dorset

Tesco Extra Pharmacy
Yarrow Road, Mannings Heath Poole, BH12 4NX

01202 457447 or 01202 367447



Asda Pharmacy
West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1JQ

01202 207000


Poole Central

Equipment – Is useful for wheelchairs and other equipment

Guide for people nearing end stage of life :

Brief Drugs List for GPs



Morphine sulphate 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative if taking PO or eGFR<30 – Oxycodone 1 – 2.5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection))

[Please take background opioid into account when prescribing doses for anticipatories]


Midazolam 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 2ml injection)


Glycopyrronium 200mcg SC PRN (600mcg in 3ml injection)

(alternative for secretions: Hyoscine Butylbromide 20mg/ml injection)

Nausea :

Levomepromazine 6.25mg SC PRN (25mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative for nausea: Haloperidol 1.5mg SC PRN (5mg in 1ml injection)

Water for injection

Dexamethasone 3.3mg SC OD-BD (equivalent to 4mg PO) if risk of steroid withdrawal/Addisons during terminal phase.

Day/Time Example Timetable
Monday - AM

9am MMU Ward Hand over; 9:30am Tour of MMU

10m Consultant Ward Round, MMU

Monday - PM

12pm Ward Nurses - syringe driver administration (treatment room)

1:30 Nursing Handover – MMU (ward office)

MMU – Admission Assessment(s) with ward doctor

Tuesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Community visiting with Specialist Nurse

Tuesday - PM

12:30 Journal Club – MMU (doctors office)

2pm Introduction to Patient and Family Support Team

3pm Introduction to Welfare and benefits Advisor

Wednesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Consultant ward round - MMU

Wednesday - PM

2pm Doctor/Nurse Home Visit with Specialty Doctor

Thursday - AM

9:15am Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting on MMU

Thursday - PM

2pm Introduction to Palliative Rehabilitation with Physiotherapist

3pm Introduction to Complex Discharge Planning in terminal illness

Friday - AM

Hospital Palliative Care Team Ward Visits

Friday - PM

2pm Introduction to Personalised Care Plan for the Last Days of Life with End of Life Care Nurse

4pm Debrief / sign off