Staff at East Surrey Hospital have joined forces with Marie Curie in a new partnership which aims to give the best possible care to terminally ill patients.
End of life care at the hospital, which is run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, was rated as outstanding by health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission last year.
This new partnership will allow staff to build on this achievement and support the end of life wishes of more patients. A dedicated end of life care discharge team, of two Marie Curie discharge liaison practitioners, are working with St Catherine’s Hospice and community health partners to enhance the discharge process to enable patients to leave hospital at the end of life.
Jane Penny, Macmillan lead cancer nurse at SASH, said: “We know that getting patients home or to their preferred place of care can require some complex arrangements. By working with Marie Curie we can respond more quickly to the changing needs of patients and support them and their families.”
Chloe Longmore, divisional service implementation and improvement lead for Marie Curie added: “Research tells us that being cared for and dying in your place of choice is important for patients and their families and the experiences they have. This new service will help patients who don’t need to be in hospital, get back home. A team of Marie Curie Nurses will also support patients, and their families, in the first two-three days after discharge and until longer term care support is arranged.”
The partnership is already proving invaluable to patients and their families. This was summed up in the words of two relatives who said: “Thank you – my mum had the chance to get out and say goodbye to her family and especially her beloved grandchildren who meant the world to her.
“I can’t believe how quick the arrangements were made – I can spend quality time with my mother now she’s home.”