Sam Beare receives Community Nurse grant
Earlier this year the Walton Charity awarded Sam Beare Hospice a grant worth £24,000 over three years. The significant grant will part fund a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) to provide palliative care and support to those people living with life limiting illnesses in and around Walton.
To see how the funds are used and benefit our patients in the community, representatives from the Walton Charity will soon be visiting Sam Beare and meet with the leader of our local CNS team Shelagh Musoke, Marketing Manager Lorraine Weedon and Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser Lizzie Loveless.
“Receiving funding like this is very important to us as it enables us to plan our care, giving our patients and their relatives the support they need, as well as the reassurance that we will be there for them when they need it the most,” explains Lizzie. She is delighted to welcome the representatives and looks forward to showing them around. “Because we offer such a seamless service people often don’t realise just how much work goes on behind the scenes, and it will be lovely to show off our great team, which works so tirelessly to look after our patients, their families and carers.”
A plaque from the Walton Charity has already arrived and will shortly be displayed by the Community Nursing Team’s office to illustrate the generous donation. “We are so delighted that the Walton Charity is supporting us and we know it will make a big difference to our patients, especially by allowing them to stay in the comfort of their own homes, which we know is what so many of them really want,” adds CNS team leader Shelagh.
Over 70% of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ care is currently being delivered in patients’ homes. Our CNS’s are normally the first point of contact for all community patients. They coordinate the over all care and liaise with the patient’s hospital consultant, GP, district nurses, and refer on to other Hospice services such as physio and occupational therapists.
Community patients are also encouraged to visit our Day Care units to make use of complementary therapies, to socialise with others or attend talks, which aim to improve their wellbeing. On average our Community Nurse Specialists each look after 200 patients at any one time, but this number does fluctuate.
Since the launch in 2012, 38 Community Grants have been awarded to local organisations and community projects with a total value of £550,000. According to Jackie Lodge, the Walton Charity’s Chief Executive, the Walton Charity is delighted to be able to part fund this important community post.
Read more about our Community Team here.