Fundrais­ing ap­peal to help bring vi­tal hos­pice care into the home

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE East Cheshire Hos­pice is ap­peal­ing for do­na­tions to help it ex­pand its ser­vice into the com­mu­nity.

The hos­pice, based on Mill­bank Drive, pro­vides pal­lia­tive care for peo­ple with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses.

The new East Cheshire Hos­pice @Home ser­vice – which needs £40,000 to set up – will pro­vide hands on med­i­cal care symp­tom man­age­ment and end of life care in pa­tients’ homes.

It is hoped this ser­vice will en­able pa­tients to be more com­fort­able and re­duce pres­sure on the hos­pi­tal.

An ap­peal is now un­der­way to cover start-up costs, which in­cludes fund­ing mo­bile nurs­ing sta­tions equipped with es­sen­tial med­i­cal sup­plies. The hos­pice is re­cruit­ing eight nurses and eight health­care as­sis­tants, with a view to launch the scheme in Oc­to­ber.

Sarah Dale, East Cheshire Hos­pice @Home Co-or­di­na­tor, said: “The fo­cus will be on sup­port­ing the in­di­vid­ual needs, choices and pref­er­ences of pa­tients in re­la­tion to pal­lia­tive care.

“We’ll cover the two thirds of the week when there isn’t cur­rently such sup­port for those who need to ac­cess the ser­vice quickly. We’ll help co-or­di­nate care, ease the bur­den and hope­fully make a real dif­fer­ence.”

The ser­vice, which aims to sup­port 250 pa­tients in its first year, will be avail­able from 6.30pm to 8am week­days and through­out the week­end, when other health­care ser­vices are most stretched.

Hos­pice @Home will have a one-hour re­sponse time for ur­gent needs fol­low­ing a re­fer­ral from a health care pro­fes­sional.

Sarah added: “Most peo­ple would like to end their days in the com­fort of their own home, but in Cheshire East some 42 per cent of pa­tients at end-of-life will die in a busy hos­pi­tal of­ten due to a lack of com­mu­nity re­sources. We aim to bring high-qual­ity care and ex­per­tise to the pa­tient where they feel at home and hope­fully re­duce costly hos­pi­tal stays.”

To do­nate to go eastcheshire­hos­pice.org. uk/ath­ome

Sarah Dale is co-or­di­na­tor for East Cheshire Hos­pice @Home

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