St. Gemma’s Hospice has recently extended our community nursing service from a Monday – Friday service to a seven-days-a-week service. This is an exciting new development for our patients and staff and it is already making a real difference to the people whom we care for, who live in their own homes.
‘I felt supported over the weekend after my mother came home from hospital. It was good not to feel alone and to get the advice I needed when you phoned.’
Daughter of a St Gemma’s patient.
Each year St. Gemma’s Hospice’s Community Nurse Specialists care for over 800 patients with a terminal illness who continue to live in their own home. Last year our community nurse team made 3,371 home visits to patients.
The need for care and support in the community is increasing as more people living with a terminal illness choose to receive care in their own homes and die there, rather than in a hospital or hospice.
St. Gemma’s community nurses are highly trained and skilled specialists who have vast experience of treating the complex symptoms which often accompany end of life care. Our nurses visit patients whenever they have concerns about their symptoms, pain management or psychological issues coming to terms with their illness, as well as offering advice to other doctors and nurses who visit patient at home.
We decided to increase the community nursing working hours to include the weekends because our nurses had identified a real need for this additional service. When our community service only ran Monday to Friday it meant that at the weekend patients and their families had to rely on St. Gemma’s telephone advice line or the NHS. This situation was far from ideal because our patients didn’t receive the individual care for which St Gemma’s is renowned and some patients in difficult circumstances found their situation escalating to crisis point.
The increase in our community nursing service to include the weekend will cost St. Gemma’s £283,385 over 5 years. To date we have secured over £70,000. Will you help us to raise the rest of the funds needed to ensure that our patients living at home can receive support, regardless of the day the day of the week?
Please help us raise £283,385 to support the 365 Days of Care Appeal