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Local Hospice encourages community to sponsor a nurse

The need for more hospice nurses in North Derbyshire is continuously growing as people are living longer with more complex symptoms that require specialist care. Ashgate Hospicecare is pulling out all the stops with its ongoing sponsor a nurse campaign to ensure more nurses are able to provide care in the hospice and reach patients across the county in their own homes.

Elaine Green Clinical Specialist Nurse at Ashgate Hospicecare is passionate about the difference all our nurses make .
“We visit patients in their own home to improve the quality of life for patients and their families whilst focusing on the prevention and relief of troublesome symptoms.
We know that some of our patients want to remain at home and our nurses at Ashgate Hospicecare help by enabling this by giving combination of specialist advice, emotional support and personal care to support the patients and their loved ones.
To provide this care we need more nurses to meet with the increasing demands of our community so we can continue to deliver the quality care all patients and their families in North Derbyshire should receive

Ashgate Hospicecare community nurses visit 4500 patients in their own homes each year. The support of the local community has significantly helped the hospice to continue offering its services whilst providing symptom and pain management in a variety of settings.

Peggy Drury, a patient at Ashgate Hospicecare describes how important they are. She said, “The nursing staff, or ‘Ashgate Angels’ as I call them, are unbelievable. They’re there to help you get better and aren’t just working for the pay cheque at the end of the month. They’re all very friendly and helpful and nothing is too much trouble for them. They went out of their way to make me feel comfortable.”

Amy Bannister, whose granddad was cared for at Ashgate Hospicecare, said: “When you look back, it’s blatantly obvious the nurses were looking after the relatives too. They treat the whole patient there, even the personality. They knew granddad liked having a laugh so they’d come in and play along with him. They got to know his character.”

Ashgate Hospicecare nurses want to be there for every person who needs hospice care, whether that’s in the hospice or their own home. You can help fund an Ashgate Hospicecare nurse and sponsor a nurse today by visiting www.ashgatenurses.org.uk for as little as £3 a month.


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