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Hospice at Home

200th patient cared for

Our Hospice at Home team recently helped care for their 200th patient in the Corby area, the total number of patients, and their families, helped now reaching 208 as of the end of June.

The service commenced in August 2010, and now receives referrals from all five GP surgeries in Corby. Also, any Lakelands patient who has used our Day Service in the earlier stages of their illness will be able to have more intensive nursing care at their end of life.

This service is available 365 days a year, with nurses coming in from 10pm at night until 6am, allowing the families caring for their loved ones a decent nights rest whilst our nurses provide professional care, enabling both patients and their loved ones the best quality of life and dignity.

Catriona Barclay, a carer of one of our Hospice at Home patients, explains her experience of the service: 'Lakelands Hospice at Home is an amazing service which helped us to fulfill my father's wishers of being at home in his own bed. When the referral was suggested, I initially thought 'they think I can't cope', but the nurses came in and supported our family in keeping Dad comfortable and pain free. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Our family is extremely grateful for the support we received from Lakelands'.

Helping people to achieve their preferred place of care is a priority for the team of dedicated nurses at the Lakelands Hospice. Cathy Langtree, Nurse Manager, says 'How people die remains in the memory of those who live on and it is important to get this right. Our service aims to give patients a choice and for us to make that choice become a reality.'

The Hospice at Home service is completely funded by Lakelands Hospice, forming part of the £475,000 we need each year to keep our services going. The ongoing support from the local community allows Lakelands to continue to achieve this target annually and ensures that vital services, such as Hospice at Home, are helping more and more members of the community.

the nursing team outside the hospice