Hospice launches funding appeal for new nurse

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 July 2019

Gwen Harding, community nurse specialist at Weston Hospicecare.

Gwen Harding, community nurse specialist at Weston Hospicecare.

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Weston Hospicecare has launched an appeal to fund a community nurse to care for people in their own home.

Gwen Harding, community nurse specialist at Weston Hospicecare.Gwen Harding, community nurse specialist at Weston Hospicecare.

The hospice has provided support to people with life-limiting conditions in Weston and northern Somerset for 30 years.

A lot of its services are run from Jackson-Barstow House in Uphill, but it is the care and support given to patients in their homes which places the greatest demand on nurses.

Community nurse specialist Gwen Harding says the hospice's biggest challenge is ensuring the delivery of kind and compassionate care away from the charity's base can continue and grow.

She said: "What people don't always realise is that we have eight community nurses who care for hundreds of patients and their families in their own home, from Clevedon all the way down to Highbridge.

Gwen Harding, community nurse specialist at Weston Hospicecare.Gwen Harding, community nurse specialist at Weston Hospicecare.

"As a proud member of that team, I know when someone is told they have a life-limiting illness, it can feel as though their world has fallen apart. But it's where we can step in and help carry some of that burden.

"Our goal is to help each person we meet live their life to the absolute fullest. This means - helping alleviate someone's pain and bringing quality to the days that remain.

"It means support and reassurance for a patient or for a loved one and it means time; one of the most valuable things we can give other people."

It costs £152.84 for a community nurse specialist to give care every day and £1,069.88 to provide care in the final week of someone's life.

Gwen added: "Over the past few years we've been called on to care for more people coping with a life-limiting illness.

"I'm proud to say we have never, ever, turned anyone away.

"But our biggest challenge today is meeting the need for the kind of compassionate, specialist care that Weston Hospicecare has delivered for the past 30 years.

"Recently we have been completely flat out. Each of us does our best but our dedicated team is reaching breaking point.

"We absolutely must act to make sure no-one slips through the net and ensure we never have to say 'no' to someone at the most vulnerable time in their life.

"Thank you to everyone who supports the appeal."

To help fund a new community nurse specialist, visit westonhospicecare.co.uk/nurseappeal or to make a donation in-person visit Jackson-Barstow House.

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