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Florence Nightingale starts new service on 30th anniversary

Florence Nightingale starts new service on 30th anniversary

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 5:32am 16th October 2019.

Today marks 30 years since Florence Nightingale welcomed their first in-patient at the hospice and three decades later they're launching a new service.

The Florence Nightingale Hospice at Home project is starting today (16th Oct) and they will now run a full care at home service.

 FNHC's Chief Executive Officer, Jo Turner told us:

 "Research shows that 89% of people say they want to die at home or in a hospice, with 60 to 70% preferring to die at home, where they feel most comfortable.

"Yet more than half of us will die in hospital, often following an emergency admission during the last two weeks of life."

 Aylesbury Vale is the only part of Buckinghamshire without a full Hospice at Home service.  

Evidence has shown that hospital admissions can be avoided at the end of life with the support of a Hospice at Home team.

Until now the Charity has part-funded a team of Clinical Nurse Specialists (Community Nurses), as well as a team of Healthcare Assistants (the Nightingale 24/7 team) who have provided physical, psychological and social support to the patient and their family but are unable to deliver symptom control medications.

Liz Monaghan is the Palliative and End of Life Care Matron at Florence Nightingale Hospice, who now leads the FNH@Home project:

"Both of these teams are extremely busy and can feel stretched at times.

"From conversations with relatives and colleagues both within the Hospice and in the community, we identified that by expanding the Nightingale 24/7 team with the addition of qualified nurses who can administer medication, this would allow the team to be more responsive and be able to support more patients to stay at home."

The FNH@Home team will also support discharges from the Hospice or hospital to allow patients to return home and be cared for there at the end of their life.

The new service will cost £300,000 per year, part of which has been paid for a donation from the Raven Trust in memory of John Mason Raven.

The Charity believes the traditional generosity, effort and support of Buckinghamshire's local communities will make it possible to fund this new service as well as all the current care offered by the Hospice, based on a tradition of over 30 years of incredible community fundraising for this hospice.

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