A 24 service to provide greater support for Peace Hospice Care patients across the Watford area who chose to be cared for at home began this week following an injection of money from the Prime Minsters 'Challenge Fund'.
The much welcomed grant of short term money will fund the 24 hour support night service to the Hospice at Home team.
It will allow the team to extend their service to give round the clock working to provide end of life care to patients in the Watford area.
The team's specialist palliative care supports patients and their carers at home, providing symptom control, psychological support and personal care.
A lack of 24 hour provision of palliative care has been under the spotlight from the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People who have been pressing the NHS for improved services in end of life care including access to telephone support for people who are scared and desperate for help.
The health charity Sue Ryder have exposed the 'inequality' between the help for start and end of life and shown that maternity issues have 24 hours, seven-day-per-week available.
Their poll of 2,048 UK adults conducted by Populus on behalf of Sue Ryder suggested that around four out of five people support the availability of 24-hour advice for those who are dying. The same proportion of people thinks 24 hour emergency home visits should be available to alleviate pain and other symptoms.
Peace Hospice Care Chief Executive, Sue Plummer said 'We have been providing nine years of Hospice at Home care and this short term funding will allow us to demonstrate the need for this service across the whole of South West Herts and hopefully secure recurrent funding for this key provision.
'This grant will further expand this service by giving our patients and their carers in Watford the support they need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is a very welcome short term grant that allows us to strengthen our patient service provision while we continue to work with commissioners to secure additional funding.'
For further information on Hospice at Home at Peace Hospice Care visit www.peacehospice.co.uk/page.asp?thepageID=12
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