Our care reaches new areas

We are excited to announce that our community services are expanding to cover the areas of Ripley, Send and Merrow. Although we have been responsible for referrals for in-patient care before, we will now also take on the specialist palliative and end of life care provision of community services.

Our community team will consist of clinical nurse specialists (CNS), a Consultant in Palliative Care, a physiotherapist, occupational therapist (OT), complementary therapist and a counsellor. The team is able to visit patients’ in any care setting; which can be in a patient’s home, a nursing, or residential home.

The first point of contact with our Hospices will be a referral from any healthcare professional to the CNS team and this is based on need rather than diagnosis, and any progressive, life threatening illness is considered. The Woking & Sam Beare Hospices CNS team will visit patients 7 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. Patient may also benefit from attending the Hospice building for the day to enjoy social interaction, activities, complementary therapies, lunch or even a spa bath. Bathing at home can involve a huge effort or may even be impossible for some patients who live on their own. All of these services play a vital role in a patient’s wellbeing .

Our Director of Clinical Services Rachel Hill commented, “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.”

You can read more about our services here.