Wheatfields Hospice’s seven-day-a-week community nursing service started at the beginning of this month.
And on the first Saturday the service started, one of the hospice’s nurses, Julie Marshall-Pallister was called to visit a patient in Leeds who had been diagnosed with cancer a few months previously.
The patient wanted to be cared for at home but her husband had some health issues and she had concerns about him being able to cope.
By being able to offer seven day care, Julie was able to offer pain relief and symptom control so she could stay at home where she wanted to be for the coming weeks.
Julie was also able to reassure her that the hospice could offer support to her husband and family so that they could care for her at home, and would also support them after she had died.
The patient recently died peacefully at home in her own bed - where she wanted to be.
Julie said: “The seven day service is needed in Leeds to ensure patients with specialist palliative care needs have access to a consistent effective service over the whole week.
“I feel in a very privileged place when someone is dying at home. You are alongside a patient and family at one of the most difficult and emotional times of their lives.
“To support this husband and daughter for her to die at home in her own bed where she wished to be is one of the most rewarding feelings.
“Teamwork with District nurses and GPs and ourselves is crucial in supporting patients and families at home.”
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