We recognise that most patients want to be at home as much as possible during an illness. We also recognise the stresses and strains that illness puts upon family life at home.
We are committed to the Hospice team going beyond the walls of the Hospice to support patients in their own home and many of our staff visit the home – this includes our doctors, supportive care team, our therapists and our home volunteer team.
We also have a highly trained team of Hospice Specialist Nurses and Health Care Assistants. This is a team of nurses who will get to know patients and their families, and support them, often for a long period during a serious illness.
A member of the team will visit or telephone their patients regularly, keep an eye on how they are doing and help to address some of the patients/families concerns. Especially physical, emotional and practical problems that can arise.
The nurse will also provide them with information and refer them to other services that may help.
The Hospice of St Francis Specialist Nurse Team works closely with GPs, District Nurses and other health care professionals .They are contactable from Monday to Friday, 9-5 and on Saturday from 9am-1pm.