“Nursing during the pandemic has been stressful at times, but also humbling to be able to provide care and relief to a family during the last phase of a loved one’s life. Working in PPE and with infection control measures in place has made everything harder, but we are adaptable and resilient and we know that we are making a difference, so we can keep smiling!
We work really closely with our ward clinical team and our rehabilitation team, so that our patients are supported according to their needs, and it means so much when a family says thank you.” Samantha Stannard, Clinical Nurse Specialist
Did you know that over 90% of our care is delivered to our patients in their own homes?
Our team of clinical specialist palliative care nurses are rooted in our local community, making daily visits to patients and their loved ones all over our catchment area, from Emsworth in the West, up to the South Downs, over to Arundel in the East and everywhere in between.
Home is a place of comfort and safety for many of us. An important part of our care is treating patients as individuals, in familiar surroundings. Each visit is different, depending on the needs of the patient, their loved ones and carers.
During the pandemic, our Community team have seen a 40% increase in the number of patients they are caring for at home. Our Community Clinical Nurse Specialists are highly trained in palliative care, and over half of our nursing team are qualified Nurse Prescribers, meaning the medication patients need can be prescribed there and then. Having this many qualified Nurse Prescribers in our team is a real achievement.
However, we continue to see the healthcare impact on our local community - younger patients who have had later diagnoses, and those with more complex conditions to manage.
Delivering hospice care in our local community is vital, now more than ever, and our team are dedicated to providing dying people and their loved ones the support they need.