The Community Macmillan Palliative Support Team (formerly
the Community Macmillan Carers) received a visit from Dr Fran
Woodard, Director for England Macmillan, Policy and Research.
The team, led by Rachel Hurst, Macmillan Nurse/Manager, gave a
presentation on their role in the delivery of palliative care
within the community.
Care is provided for adults with an advanced, progressive or
incurable illness who wish to receive care at home and the service
is designed to give minimum interruption to family and home life
whilst giving holistic end of life support as part of a
Commenting on the visit, Dr Woodard said, "We came away from our
visit really inspired and motivated. The power of focussing
so strongly on the patient's quality of life was amazing.
Also the degree of integration with other services rare, but a key
to the success. The individual and collective passion we saw
from the team was humbling and the strength and mutual support
within it was evident"
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital