WOKING & Sam Beare Hospices are rolling out their services to cover Ripley, Send and Merrow.
Although the hospices have been responsible for referrals for in-patient care, they will now take on the specialist palliative and end-of-life care provision of community services.
The community team will consist of clinical nurse specialists (CNS), a Consultant in Palliative Care, a physiotherapist, occupational therapist (OT), complementary therapist and counsellor.
The team is able to visit patients in any care setting – which can be a patient’s home, a nursing home or a residential home.
Director of Clinical Services for the charities, Rachel Hill, said they were eager to reach as many people as possible. She added: “With CNS and community team cover already in place for the boroughs of Woking, Runnymede, Spelthorne and West Elmbridge, North Guildford is a natural progression for us.
“We look forward to meeting patients in Ripley, Send and Merrow over the next few months and are working closely with the GP practices in the area to ensure a smooth handover from the Beacon Centre.”
The first point of contact with the hospice will be a referral from any healthcare professional to the CNS team, and this is based on need rather than diagnosis. Any progressive, life-threatening illness is considered.
The Woking & Sam Beare Hospices CNS team visit patients seven days a week and provide a 24-hour advice line. The CNS will then refer to the wider community team as appropriate; this may be for a physiotherapist or OT to visit to assess and help manage a condition, or for a counsellor to visit to talk through any concerns.
Patients may also benefit from attending the hospice for a day to enjoy social interaction, activities, complementary therapies, lunch or even a spa bath.
A hospice statement read: “Patients and their families are at the heart of everything we do and everything we seek to achieve. We listen to and acknowledge fears and concerns, and respond to issues that are causing anxiety.”