Nurses help­ing to ease the bur­den

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These spe­cial­ist nurses are avail­able 24/7 for lo­cal ba­bies, chil­dren and young peo­ple up to the age of 19 and their fam­i­lies. Daily, across Bucks and Herts, they visit fam­i­lies and pa­tients in homes, schools and hos­pi­tals to shape care tai­lored to each of their needs. The aim is to en­sure that each young pa­tient is able to ful­fil their po­ten­tial and en­joy the best qual­ity of life pos­si­ble, how­ever short that life may be.

Tina Bodell is one of Ren­nie Grove’s Chil­dren’s Hospice at Home Ser­vice nurses, and in a piece on the Ren­nie Grove web­site that de­tails one of her work­ing days, she said: “As well as pro­vid­ing clin­i­cal sup­port to our chil­dren, we try to pro­vide holis­tic care to the whole fam­ily too. This might in­clude act­ing as the link be­tween all health and so­cial care pro­fes­sion­als in­volved in their child’s care; mak­ing sure par­ents’, sib­lings’ and car­ers’ needs are looked af­ter and work­ing along­side them to de­liver care to their child.”

The range of com­plex con­di­tions and tasks tack­led by Ren­nie Grove’s chil­dren’s nurses is vast, and an ex­tract from Tina’s web­site story gives an ex­am­ple of a visit to pa­tient who has been newly-di­ag­nosed and re­ferred to the Chil­dren’s Ser­vice:

‘The new pa­tient is Joe. He has a tu­mour in his kid­ney and his fam­ily needs help with manag­ing his symp­toms.

‘Once in­tro­duc­tions have been made Tina starts the meet­ing with an ex­pla­na­tion about Ren­nie Grove and the work that its chil­dren’s nurses can of­fer Joe and his fam­ily. These in­clude care that is tai­lored to Joe’s con­di­tion, med­i­cal sup­port, pain man­age­ment, help with ad­min­is­ter­ing med­i­ca­tion and an on-call ser­vice that fam­i­lies have ac­cess to 24/7. Tina ex­plains that they will work closely with the chil­dren’s com­mu­nity nurses and the lo­cal hospice to make sure that Joe and his fam­ily get the help that they need to care for Joe at home.’

“Our fam­i­lies trust us com­pletely as highly skilled clin­i­cians who know all about the com­plex needs of their child,” said Tina. “They feel re­as­sured that they have ac­cess to a mem­ber of the team at any time of the day or night. This is cru­cial when you are car­ing for a very sick child at home.”

You can read ‘A day in the life of a Ren­nie Grove chil­dren’s nurse’ at www. ren­niegrove.org/chil­dren­snurse and to find out more about Ren­nie Grove’s ser­vices and how you can sup­port the char­ity please visit www. ren­niegrove.org.

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