State-of-the-art fa­cil­ity opens


East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Find­lay

An East Kil­bride hospice has of­fi­cially opened an in­pa­tient unit af­ter years of tire­less fundrais­ing by sup­port­ers.

While day fa­cil­i­ties have been up and run­ning since Kil­bryde Hospice opened its doors in the grounds of Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Hairmyres in 2015, now 12 spe­cial­ist in­pa­tient beds will be avail­able in the Donna Mor­timer Bal­lan­tyne Wing for those who re­quire spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care support.

The beds are part of a La­nark­shire model for pal­lia­tive care ser­vices and spe­cial­ist hospice pro­vi­sion which sees com­mu­nity nurs­ing and home care staff – sup­ported by re­spec­tive spe­cial­ist clin­i­cal staff – work­ing in an in­te­grated 24/7 way to pro­vide pal­lia­tive and end of life care and support to peo­ple in their own homes or in a homely set­ting.

This ser­vice will be in ad­di­tion to beds at St An­drew’s Hospice in Airdire, North La­nark­shire and Strath­car­ron Hospice in Denny, Stir­ling­shire which have been com­mis­sioned by the South La­nark­shire health and so­cial care part­ner­ship for the ben­e­fit of La­nark­shire res­i­dents.

Kil­bryde Hospice chief ex­ec­u­tive Gor­don McHugh said: “We’re de­lighted that our state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity will support an eq­ui­table La­nark­shire model for pal­lia­tive care ser­vices by pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ist in­pa­tient care.

“Th­ese 12 beds will com­ple­ment the day and care at home ser­vices within our com­mu­ni­ties – which we have been pro­vid­ing for some time.”

The beds at Kil­bryde Hospice will be for the ben­e­fit of those who re­quire spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care support within the East Kil­bride, Cam­bus­lang, Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton ar­eas.

This means res­i­dents in Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen will have ac­cess to this type of ser­vice within La­nark­shire for the first time.

The La­nark­shire model is the cul­mi­na­tion of a wider pal­lia­tive care strat­egy con­sul­ta­tion.

Mar­i­anne Hay­ward from the South La­nark­shire health and so­cial care part­ner­ship said: “The model will com­ple­ment the com­mu­nity sup­ports and ser­vices which are al­ready in place and which con­tinue to be de­vel­oped within La­nark­shire to pro­vide in­te­grated care in support of pa­tients in lo­cal­ity set­tings.”

The spe­cial­ist in­pa­tient beds within Kil­bryde Hospice are be­ing in­tro­duced in a phased way with all 12 set to be in place by next month. St Columba Lutheran Church want to‘raise the roof’at a fundrais­ing fayre this week­end.

The West­wood Hill church is in need of a cash boost af­ter re­plac­ing the roof.

And lo­cal folk are be­ing en­cour­aged to dig deep at a ta­ble top sale this Satur­day from 11am to 1pm.

There will also be cake and candy as well as tea and cof­fee.

Ta­ble rental is £5 and do­na­tions are wel­come at the door.

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