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Now available in Central and West Devon, as well as Dartmoor
A Devon hospice is expanding its successful ‘Hospiscare at Home’ service to help more terminally ill patients receive specialist care in their homes during their last days of life.
The much-requested service will be rolled out around Crediton and Okehampton and parts of North Dartmoor amid calls for greater choice for patients and unprecedented pressure on existing health services.
The specialist service is designed to support patients and their families and carers who need expert end-of-life care 24/7 in the last weeks of life, and allow them to die peacefully and with dignity. at home. .
Tina Naldrett, Clinical Director at Hospiscare, said: “By extending our Hospiscare home service to areas around Crediton, Okehampton and North Dartmoor, we will transform the last weeks of life for hundreds of patients and families living in areas rural people who are in the final stages of terminal illnesses.
“This will allow patients to die with dignity and peace in a place of their choice and means that patients and their loved ones can make the most of their last days together, which we know can have lasting benefits. for bereaved families. The service will also relieve pressure on our local hospitals and emergency health services.
Hospiscare at Home is already available to patients in the Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton areas. With this expansion, the service will be available to patients registered with a GP in Crediton, Okehampton and surrounding villages and areas of North Dartmoor.
As a charity, Hospiscare has faced a drastic drop in revenue during the pandemic due to the cancellation of fundraising activities and the closure of its 19 charity shops – as has the hospice has seen a huge increase in the need for its award-winning service.
In response to these challenges, local communities across Devon rallied to the cause and helped the hospice partially fill its funding gap.
At the same time, a small number of donors have made generous donations specifically to enable the expansion of Hospiscare at Home to areas around Okehampton and Crediton in response to research into the benefits of dying at home.
Hospiscare CEO Andrew Randall said: “We are indebted to the local communities and local people who enable us to deliver our expert end-of-life care to people living with terminal illnesses over 1,000 miles. squares of Devon. Hospiscare has been providing our care to the people of Devon for four decades and we are proud and honored to now be able to help more people when they need it most, thanks to the generosity and kindness of our community.
The new service will employ a team of nurses and healthcare workers, based at centers in Okehampton and Crediton, and will support up to 150 patients and families a year. The service started in a first phase of development in April 2022 and aims to provide care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from summer 2022.
To refer patients to the service, please visit this website or call 01392 688040.
Local people in need can access palliative care services through their GP, hospital or NHS Community Nursing Team.