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Hospice@Home teams up with Community Specialist Palliative Care Team
St Leonard’s Hospice@Home team have collaborated with York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Community Specialist Palliative Care Team. 
Posted Apr 28

Hospice@Home teams up with Community Specialist Palliative Care Team

In preparation for increased demand on end of life care services in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, St Leonard’s Hospice@Home team have collaborated with York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Community Specialist Palliative Care Team. The newly formed team are based in the Sunflower Centre at St Leonard’s Hospice. 

The service operates from 8am till Midnight and consists of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Senior & Deputy Sisters, Registered Nurses, Health Care Assistants and an administration and clinical triage team.

The services were brought together by Caroline Allison, Community Macmillan Palliative Care Team Leader and Alison Skelton, Senior Sister for Hospice@Home.

Caroline and Alison say: “Both teams have worked incredibly hard to develop a service that can rapidly respond to patient and family needs in challenging and highly emotional situations. Every day brings new challenges but the team work together and support each other to deliver an exceptionally high level of service for patients and families in and around York.”

Since the 1st April 2020 the combined service have supported over 115 patients (as of 1pm 28/04/2020) in their own homes. The triage service are receiving in excess of over 50 phone calls per day from patients, relatives, GPs and District Nurses for advice and support.

Jenny Brandom, Director of Clinical Services at St Leonard’s Hospice says: “I am immensely proud of what this joint team has done in responding to and coordinating End of Life care for patients across the Vale of York at this testing time. Bringing 2 highly skilled teams together from different organisations means that we can provide a service to patients and families in their home environment whilst having access to the hospice In Patient Unit and the wider hospice team when needed.”

Steve Reed, Head of Community Services at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a great example of teams putting aside organisational boundaries to meet the needs of patients at this difficult time.  They continue to collaborate with wider health and care teams across the community to deliver great palliative care to local people.”