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New Hospice Service Starts In Scarborough And Filey

New Hospice Service Starts In Scarborough And Filey

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:57am 5th January 2015.

A new project starts today, bringing Hospice at Home services to patients and their families.

 

Saint Catherine’s new Hospice at Home team will do their first visits to families from today with a joint service aimed at helping more patients fulfil their wish to end their days at home.

 

The round-the-clock service will mean families can access specialist palliative care expertise, even in the middle of the night, and carers looking after someone who is very ill will have greater access to support from health professionals.

 

Hospice at Home team leader Emma Arnott said that the aim was to plug a gap in health services out in the community.

 

“It’s not just about the one person who is ill, it’s about their whole family,” she said. “If we can support them as carers, it might help them to carry on. We know that the nights can be the longest time for families and we want to do everything we can to help.”

 

Saint Catherine’s will be working in partnership with Marie Curie and NHS District Nurses to provide a streamlined service to patients, mainly in the final stages of a life-limiting illness.

 

Marie Curie already has a team based at the Hospice which runs an evening service but the expanded scheme will introduce a 24-hour service, seven days a week. It will link into Palcall, the Hospice’s out-of-hours telephone helpline and will mean that families in crisis can be offered a home visit.

 

Emma hopes that the service, delivered by a newly-recruited team, will help patients referred in by health professionals to plan ahead and, wherever possible, help them to remain at home for as long as they can and to die there if that is their choice.

 

The hospice says for those who wish to die at home, it will mean support for their family and the medical expertise to keep their symptoms under control.

 

Others may choose to be discharged from hospital and return home for their final days.

 

The pilot scheme will initially cover Scarborough and Filey but, if successful, the aim is to expand into other areas.

 

New staff have been recruited to run the service. Once fully running, the pilot project - kick-started by funding from legacies - will have created 17 new Hospice jobs.

 

 

 

 

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