Two charities have teamed up to offer an innovative new service
which ensures that people in Darlington living with a terminal or
life limiting illness get nursing care in their place of choice.
The Darlington Community Rapid Response Team, developed by St
Teresa's Hospice and Marie Curie Cancer Care provides palliative
nurses who can respond to patients in the community, within an hour
of their call, to manage care and prevent unnecessary hospital
The service, which is supported by County Durham and Darlington
NHS Foundation Trust, also provides discharge support for patients
from hospital or hospice and ensures a speedy transfer to their
preferred place of care, with the support they need to remain to
The team of Marie Curie Registered Nurses and St Teresa's
Hospice Home Healthcare Assistants are available 24/7, 365 days a
year to make sure that the people of Darlington can access the
right care, when and where they need it.
Hospice Director Jane Bradshaw said:
"I think I speak for both St Teresa's Hospice and for Marie Curie
Cancer Care when I say how excited we are to be part of this
wonderful new service. The Rapid Response Team has been welcomed by
patients and carers in this community, and we are confident that
it's going to prove to be an invaluable resource."
Karen Torley, Area Nursing Manager for Marie Curie Cancer Care,
"This partnership is an excellent example of how, in the tough
economic climate, charities can pool both expertise and resources
to deliver an innovative service that will really benefit local
people at the end of their lives.
Marie Curie has long campaigned for people to be looked after in
their place of choice, and this project does exactly that.
The team have already had lots of referrals and provided care for
people in their own homes and local care homes, preventing
unnecessary admissions to hospital, and long may this
To access the service at any time, please call 07720 947 430. If
staff are unavailable, please leave a message and they will return
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community