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The club's president, Marjorie Hardie, welcomed all the club members and two guests to the April meeting.
We had a very informative talk from Julie Frost and Rebecca Taylor accompanied by two nurses Kat McKeon and Kath Millar from Hospice Care North Northumberland. The hospice was set up by a small group of professionals in 1995, to give support to people to with life-limiting conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, heart failure and lung and heart disease.
Palliative care is free and a self referral via professionals is not unusual, a GP referral is not necessary. Mission of Hospice Care is ongoing access to palliative care. The clinical area covered is: Nr Morpeth, Berwick, Cornhill.
With the appointment of an Admiral Nurse, hospice care is able to support patients’ Dementia End of Life Care. Care is offered at home to patients, their families and carers. This service is delivered 24 hours a day by a team of five dedicated nurses, supported by a bank of nursing assistants – between April 2016 and March 2017 support was given to 110 new referrals and delivered 7,461 hours of Hospice at Home.
The charity shops, Wear & Care located in Berwick and Wooler have been established to generate additional income for clinical services. A total of £660,000 is needed to be generated this year, just six per cent is contributed from the NHS. Fundraising and donations are greatly appreciated and go a long way in supporting this necessary service to the community.
The next meeting will be on May 14 at the Black and Gold.