Woking & Sam Beare Hospices recently became the first sign-up from the hospice sector. Dr Barry Quinn RN (Director of Nursing & Clinical Services) and Caroline Hodgson (Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Social Worker & Carers’ Lead) explain why they believe there is more than can and should be done to support those in end-of-life care:
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices is a patient-centred charity that delivers specialist palliative care to patients who have life-limiting and terminal illnesses. We cover the North West Surrey region, providing holistic care and support services for patients, their families and carers. Every day, we support over 800 patients in their own homes and in our newly built hospice.
Woking and Sam Beare Hospices is delighted to have signed up to “John’s Campaign” recognising the important role that carers of those living with dementia play. We are aware that each carer has their own need for support. As a hospice we understand the importance of families and carers within the patient’s journey and as such Woking and Sam Beare Hospices offers open visiting for all.
Our core aim is that patients, their families and carers are at the heart of what we do and everything we seek to achieve. This aim is reflected through the support and care our staff and volunteers offer. Earlier this year we moved into a new hospice building, and carer’s needs were closely considered as part of the design process.
We have several spaces and quiet rooms for carers to rest, where they can meet other carers and have a tea or coffee. We offer beds in each patient room to allow carers and family members to stay overnight with their loved one. Mindful of carers’ needs we offer bereavement and practical support to adults and child carers.
Signing up to John’s Campaign allows us to be part of the national campaign to recognise the needs of those living with dementia and those who care for them. Sadly, a recent study at University College London showed that individuals with advanced dementia do not always receive specialist palliative care input despite having complex symptoms.
Woking and Sam Beare Hospices recognises the needs of those living with dementia and are proud to be the first hospice in the UK to sign up to John’s Campaign. Both John’s Campaign and our values recognise that every individual and their family/carer is at the heart of everything we do.
Dr Barry Quinn and Caroline Hodgson