Being there in the community
People are referred to our Specialist Nursing team when they have been disagnosed with a life-limiting illness, when they require that extra care and information to support them with their illness. Our nurses are usually someones first point of contact with the hospice.
With a large proportion of our patients choosing to be supported at home, our team of nurses work closely with patients and carers, offering them support in their own homes or place of choice. Following a referral from a GP or Consultant, each patient is visited by one of our nurses and a care package is agreed and from that point onwards, that patient will always be visited by the same nurse. Visits from our nurses can be reassuring and offer great comfort to patients and their families, often giving support and advice on:
- Advice on pain and symptom control
- Emotional and spiritual support
- Practical support
- Support for family and loved ones
Every hospice nurse is linked to a GP surgery within a particular area. The team work alongside 22 local GP practices, with other health and social care colleagues in primary, secondary and tertiary settings throughout North Devon.
The hospice has been providing specialist care in the homes of our patients for nearly 30 years and today, this is still where the majority of our care takes place. Travelling over 50,000 miles visiting people at home, the nursing team covered the length and breadth of North Devon and visited many towns, villages and hamlets in between.
How to be referred
To be referred to any of our services please ask your GP for a referral. When you are already under the care of one of the hospice nurses, they will automatically link with your GP and other healthcare providers to ensure you recieve the care and support you need.
The hospice’s team of Community Nurse Specialists provide outreach care and support throughout North Devon. Even if you live in a remote and rural location we will be able to come to you. The vast majority of their care is delivered to people in their own homes. Our nurses also visit patients in Care Homes and Community Hospitals.
To find out more about our Community Nursing Service or find out more about the nurse working in your area, please contact us.
Keely Dempsey, Community Clinical Nurse Specialist Team Leader
firstname.lastname@example.org / 01271 344248