The Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care at Home team started in September 2015, and is a partnership approach to providing palliative care in the community. It is based on the Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Service in Midhurst Sussex which was set up in 2006. A multidisciplinary team approach to provide integrated community-based care to people with cancer and other life limiting conditions. The team consists of the following who provide a range of support services for patients and their carers.
- GP’s with a Specialist Interest
- Clinical nurse specialists
- physiotherapy and occupational therapy services
- Trained volunteers
Referrals for the service can be made by calling 01482 247111 and asking for a referral to the Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care at Home team.
They are also recruiting volunteers.
The volunteers complement the work of health and social care professionals and provide low level emotional and practical support to patients and/or their carers with the aim of:
- Reducing social isolation
- Improving emotional health and wellbeing
- Increasing independence through practical support
- Helping to reduce crisis and hospital/respite admissions
The value of volunteers cannot be underestimated as they play an important in:-
- helping to meet patients’ unmet emotional and health needs.
- tackling loneliness and isolation
- giving family / carers respite
It is important to bear in mind that volunteers are not health professionals and do not administer medication, change dressings, personal care etc.. Their role is to complement the roles of professionals.
For more information please contact Linda Conway, Macmillan Volunteer Coordinator –Hull on 01482 344015 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org