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Ottery Hospital League of Friends fund Hospiscare’s Ottery St Mary services

Ottery Hospital League of Friends members Paul Ritchie, Adrian Rutter and David Roberts with Ann Rhys, Hospiscare's deputy director of nursing and care Picture: Katie Chantler

Ottery St Mary Hospital League of Friends have pledged a phenomenal £50,000 over the last year to support Hospiscare’s vision to provide specialist end-of-life care in the community.

The donation from Ottery League of Friends has been used to support Hospiscare’s community work in Ottery St Mary by funding three vital services: a Community Nurse Specialist, the set-up of nurse-led clinics at Ottery Hospital and the development of new education sessions on end-of-life care for other health professionals.

Chair of Ottery St Mary Hospital League of Friends, Adrian Rutter, commented: “The Ottery Hospital Friends work very closely with local GPs and the RD&E, who both agree that end-of-life care is a priority for the local community. The Friends are delighted to work with Hospiscare as a trusted partner that shares the same vision.”

Rachel Willmott, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Hospiscare whose role has been funded by Ottery League of Friends’ generous donation, said: “The generous donation and contribution of £50,000 from the Ottery League of friends to Hospiscare has made a big impact on patient care in Ottery St Mary.

“This has enabled us to use the Ottery St Mary Hospital site to run nurse-led clinics where patients are invited to attend for assessment and support. This offers choice to patients who might otherwise have been seen at home. It also offers an earlier introduction to the many services we provide with Hospiscare and helps us build relationships, as well as find out how best we can support people in the community.”

Ann Rhys, Deputy Director of Nursing and Care at Hospiscare, commented on the impact of the donation from Ottery League of Friends, saying: “The introduction of nurse-led clinics into our specialist palliative care team is invaluable. A nurse-led clinic is a gentle, non-intrusive introduction for patients in their place of choice. It is our aim to be able to offer patients choice about their care and where they are seen.”

The education sessions funded by Ottery League of Friends’ donation have allowed healthcare assistants from a range of teams, including urgent care and local residential teams, to benefit from Hospiscare’s expert knowledge of palliative care. Feedback from those attending the sessions has been extremely positive with one attendee saying: “I was reassured and learnt how to address difficult questions such as ‘Am I going to die?’”

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