A WHITCHURCH business owner has thanked staff at a Wrexham hospice who supported him through treatment for prostate cancer.

Tracy Kinsey, from Hanmer, owns Border Garage in Whitchurch, and was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2022 after consulting the doctors about a trace of blood in his urine.

He said that with the help and support of staff at Nightingale House Hospice, he has noticed a remarkable difference in his capability to overcome obstacles.


He said: “The doctors got me in straight away and sent me to urology for further tests.

“After all the test results came back, it was confirmed I had cancer.

“I had to start chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which also involved having some hormone treatment first.”

Struggling with the side effects of his cancer treatment, the staff at Nightingale House recommended some services that could help him.

Tracy added: “I found out we could self-refer to Nightingale House Hospice to access additional support.

“The whole team has been amazing.

“I was willing to try anything to help me manage the peripheral neuropathy in my hands and feet and the hot sweats I was experiencing.

“Before I started having acupuncture and reflexology, I was wearing the same pair of shoes for six months because I couldn’t feel my feet due to peripheral neuropathy, and walking was hard.

“I can now feel my feet after a series of acupuncture and Reiki treatments. And the effects are starting to last longer and longer.

“I feel more confident to walk. I am very grateful for having the opportunity to use the free services here. It has helped me both physically and mentally.”

Nikki Kinsey, Tracy’s wife, added: “You tend to think that a hospice is just there to help people with cancer.

“But through coming here for Tracy’s treatment, we have discovered that they help people with other conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease, Heart Failure, and other life-limiting conditions.

“Nightingale House has been the most positive part of this journey we have been on.”

Paula Pritchard, clinical services and patient flow lead, thanked the couple for their words.

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She said: “We were deeply touched by the opportunity to assist and support Mr. Kinsey during his challenging time.

“Unfortunately, he is not alone in his struggle, as we often hear from families unsure of where to turn, especially when dealing with multiple specialists.

“Our compassionate Patient Flow Team – on 01978 316806 – is readily available to follow up on advice calls, provide guidance, or directly connect with community teams involved in patient care.”