St Barnabus Hospice launches service in Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings for terminally-ill people

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TERMINALLY ill people are now being allowed to fulfil their wishes to die in their own homes with the launch of a new palliative care service.

St Barnabas Hospice’s team of specialist nurses are working out of Stamford to care for patients and their families around the area.

The Hospice at Home service was launched in March and so far the eight-strong team of nurses and care assistants say they are getting a warm welcome.

A campaign to raise awareness of the service and fundraising was launched in July last year. A host of events has been held since then including a coffee morning in Essendine.

The service’s clinical team leader Cathie Alcock is urging patients and their families in Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings to ask to be referred to the service.

Cathie, who has worked for the hospice for four years, said: “We have had a very positive response. They (patients and their families) are grateful for any help and support we can give.

“We are trying to make the public aware that the service is there. Nobody wants to have to require the service or use it, but it is there and we can make a difference.”

She is joined on the team by fellow nurses Louise Wilson, Rebecca Norris and Alison Whitmarsh. The team also has four healthcare assistants Heather Hayden, Mandi Hunter, Donna Onigbanjo and Kathryn Ward-Thomas.

The team help patients with washing and dressing, symptom management and providing emotional support.

The St Barnabas team will be working from 8.30am to 3.30pm seven-days-a-week.

Cathie said the service provides support at an emotional time.

She said: “There are times when people say ‘how do you do that job’ but it is quite an honour to be allowed in to such a private time .

Fundraiser Hannah Thompson organised a coffee morning at Essendine Village Hall on Friday last week to raise awareness.