Sussex Hospice makes nursing changes

Eirian Levell with St Wilfrids Hospice nursing director Colin Twomey and Jeanette Costello, one of the new clinical nurse specialists SUS-170302-124906001
Eirian Levell with St Wilfrids Hospice nursing director Colin Twomey and Jeanette Costello, one of the new clinical nurse specialists SUS-170302-124906001
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A new nursing team have began work at St Wilfrid’s Hospice following changes to its care.

The new team of clinical nurse specialists moved over from the local community Macmillan nurses on January 1 as a result of changes to how St Wilfrid’s cares for its patients.

St Wilfrid’s says the changes mean that patients’ care will now all come from one team, irrespective of whether the patient has cancer.

Eirian Levell, head of community nursing at St Wilfrid’s said: “It’s a more joined up way of nursing for our patients and their families.

“Patients will no longer have to repeat their stories to different people; we will be dealing with one electronic record to provide integrated and seamless care in the community and across the hospice services.

“Current patients will notice no changes. New patients under Macmillan were seen in their own homes by the Macmillan team, but now all new referrals will be invited to the hospice for their initial appointment, so that they are familiar with the hospice building from the beginning of their care.

“As with all hospice services, it is free to patients and their families. The service is fully funded by the NHS as it was previously; it has just come under the management of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

“The easiest way [to contact the team] will be through the 24/7 Nurse Line on 01323 434222 although there is a small team based in Uckfield and patients in the northern part of our catchment area will be given the number.”

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