Our care and support

Being there in the community

Community Clinical Nurse Specialists

Being there in the community

Our team of hospice nurses have visited people in their own homes for over 30 years. Although a lot has changed over those 30 years, one thing remains very much the same, it is still where the majority of our care takes place.

Our hospice nurses visit patients in their home, offering extra care and information to support patients and their families through their illness. Some of our patients choose to access a range of other care and support services we provide, in addition to this support at home.

Service description

With the vast majority of our patients choosing to be supported at home, our team of nurses work closely with patients and carers, offering them support. Following a referral from a GP or Consultant, each patient is visited by one of our hospice 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 hospice nurses can be reassuring and offer a real comfort to patients and their families. It is also an opportunity to access support and advice on:

  • Advice on pain and symptom control
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Practical support
  • Support for family and loved ones
  • Information about other hospice services.

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. Unlike other healthcare professionals, our hospice nurses don’t wear a uniform and they won’t arrive at a patient’s home in a hospice car. We do this to respect the privacy and wishes or our patients at a difficult time and to ensure that neighbours will just think of us as a visitor.

How to be referred

To be referred to any of our services please ask your GP for a referral.

Service location

The hospice’s team of nurses 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 hospice nurses also visit patients in Care Homes and Community Hospitals.

Contact us
To find out more about our hospice nureses or find out more about the nurse working in your area, please contact us.

Keely Dempsey, Community Clinical Nurse Specialist Team Leader

keelydempsey@northdevonhospice.org.uk / 01271 344248