End-of-life care service praised

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 November 2015

The Seaton Friends Hospiscare @ Home Team

The Seaton Friends Hospiscare @ Home Team

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The Seaton Friends Hospiscare @ Home Team service means patients no longer need to travel to the Exeter hospice to receive treatment, instead the hospice goes to them.

A new partnership offering 24-hour end-of-life care for Seaton patients is proving a huge success, say organisers.

The Seaton Friends Hospiscare @ Home Team service means patients no longer need to travel to the Exeter hospice to receive treatment, instead the hospice goes to them.

This care is provided by Exeter Hospiscare and is funded by the Seaton Hospital League of Friends. It means adults registered to Seaton GPs can remain at home at the end of life and their carers and families will also receive expertise, advice and support.

Since launching in July, specialist nurses have made more than 950 home visits and 300 phone calls as well as working alongside health and social care services.

Mary Ashby, who leads a team of six nurses, all specialists in end-of-life care, said: “We support patients and their families at home, by managing symptoms of life-limiting illnesses. We encourage patients to achieve the best quality of life and provide access to end-of-life nursing care and expertise, 24 hours a day.”

Local GP, Dr Mark Welland, chairman of Seaton Hospital League of Friends, said: “The League is delighted with this high quality service offering round-the-clock support to patients. The League recognises the value to our residents of being able to choose to die at home with dignity. They can now make this choice with the confidence that they and their families will receive full support from a caring and experienced team of nurses.

“The Seaton League of Friends has previously supported the Home Nursing Service, and is happy that the new partnership with Hospiscare builds on that work, and provides robust back-up to the hands-on nursing team in the challenging and vital work they do. Hospiscare is bringing expertise in end-of-life care, and the resources of a well-established organisation, to the running of a local service, tailor-made for our community. We are thrilled with the impact the new team is already having.”


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