At Teesside Hospice we recognise that hospice services need to evolve and adapt to reach more people and in particular, support more patients and their carers in their own homes. In February, we introduced two new Outreach Nurse Practitioners to our team. Our Outreach Nurse Practitioners have a high level of expertise in managing patients with complex needs and are able to support patients referred to the hospice in their own homes to provide a more efficient, flexible and effective service that will ensure our patients receive hospice care, at the right time.
"We are here for our patients every step of the way" - Lisa, Outreach Nurse
This role, jointly funded by the hospice and with Macmillan Cancer Support, also includes the assessment of new referrals, planned home visits and helps to create a vital link between the nursing team within our hospice and the local community.
This development also enables us to ensure we are caring for our patients every step of the way, allowing for supportive discharge from the hospice where patients will benefit from follow-ups and ongoing monitoring and support.
We are constantly looking at ways to build on the existing excellent work we do, to ensure we are able to continue to grow and successfully meet the increasing demand for our services. These new roles have been developed to help us achieve these goals and to ensure that more patients and their loved ones have their needs met whether its symptom management, psychological support, social support as well as end of life care, at a time when it matters the most.
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