Hospice community nurses relocate to their new Evesham base - The Evesham Observer

Hospice community nurses relocate to their new Evesham base

Evesham Editorial 8th Nov, 2017   0

A DEDICATED team of caring St Richard’s Hospice Community Nurses are celebrating after moving into a new base above the charity’s shop in Evesham’s High Street.

The team of six consists of St Richard’s Clinical Nurse Specialists Phyllis Coates, Karen Palmer, Pam Clark and Sue Thurston alongside Senior Staff Nurses Catherine Wheeler and Charlotte Jordan.

They offer free specialist care and support to patients and their loved ones affected by a life-limiting illness who live in Evesham, Pershore and the Bredon and Broadway areas.

Working from their new High Street base allows the nurses to spend as much time as possible caring for local patients and saves on driving time to the hospice headquarters in Worcester between visits to write up notes and make telephone calls.

The Nurse Specialists each support up to 35 patients at any one time, offering expert advice on managing symptoms and working closely with the patient’s GP and other healthcare teams to ensure they receive high quality, co-ordinated care.

In the last year the full St Richard’s Community Nursing Team supported more than 1,200 patients in Worcestershire, making an invaluable difference to a patient’s quality of life.

Of these 146 patients and 171 family members from Evesham were cared for and supported by the dedicated team with another 79 referrals for patients living in Pershore and 47 individuals in the Broadway and Bredon areas.

Nurse Specialist Sue Thurston said: “As well as having extensive knowledge on managing symptoms we also can offer advice and guidance to a patient’s loved ones.

Patients often see us as offering continuity and being the central co-ordinator for their care.

“We have the time to talk and explain as some patients can become confused by the different health care professionals and amount of information they need to understand.”

Catherine Wheeler added: “Families also find it very comforting that the hospice offers a 24-hour telephone advice service so they can call at any time – even in the middle of the night – if they have concerns or anxieties about their symptoms.”

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