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Healthcare providers encouraged to access Hospice services

This week, St Teresa’s Hospice hosted an exclusive evening reception at our headquarters on Woodland Road, in order to raise awareness of the charity and our services among regional health providers ahead of our next major expansion.

Artist’s impression of the
new 10 bed In-patient Unit

Healthcare professionals from across the area were invited to visit St Teresa’s Hospice on Jan 28, with representatives from local GP surgeries, Darlington and District Foundation Trust, and NHS commissioning bodies attending.

Visitors were welcomed into the patient lounges which form the heart of our recently upgraded Day Hospice service, and encouraged to mingle with colleagues and other service providers.

Hospice CEO Jane Bradshaw welcomed the visitors to the Hospice, and described a major upcoming extension to the Hospice building: a new custom-built unit which will increase the number of in-patients beds available. Construction is expected to start in early 2015 on the 10 bed unit, which will feature fully-equipped en-suite rooms, looking out onto the Hospice’s gardens, with greatly improved accessibility and comfort for patients, and improved visitor accommodation.

Director of Clinical Services Victoria Ashley spoke in-depth about services the charity offers, and how they can be accessed by GPs, nurses and other healthcare providers in the area, covering the Hospice’s core services of in-patient care, day patient care and clinics, family support and counselling, complementary therapies, home care and rapid response to end-of-life issues.

Harry Byrne, chairman of the charity’s board of trustees, then shared his experience of the Hospice as a GP, urging his colleagues to make use of the services on offer, and to help patients access the expert care available.

All three speakers focused on the importance of end-of-life care in Darlington and the surrounding area, and spoke passionately about the benefit of palliative care to patients and their families.

Speaking about the event, Jane said: “We are always pleased to host events such as this. The Darlington & District Hospice Movement, also known as St Teresa’s Hospice, was formed entirely because of public demand. As an independent charity we are owned by the general public, and we work closely with the NHS and other health and social care providers to ensure we meet local need and provide the best possible care and choice for patients and their families. The more we spread awareness about the Hospice’s work, the more people will be able to access our services.”

Similar events are set to be held throughout the year, but healthcare providers interested in helping patients access Hospice services are encouraged to contact St Teresa’s Hospice on 01325 254321.