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New services launched to care for north Essex residents during their last days
1:02pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
HOW would you choose to spend your last days on Earth?
Given the choice, Colchester’s St Helena Hospice believes most of us would prefer to die at home, surrounded by our loved ones.
But in north Essex now, all too often the lack of 24/7 care and advice on offer has resulted in a terminally-ill loved one being taken to Colchester General Hospital when complications arise.
Three new projects, funded by the hospice and North East Essex clinical commissioning group and backed by the region’s other health services, aim to change that.
On Monday afternoon, 01206 890360 the SinglePoint 24/7 phone line goes live.
Staffed by experienced nurses at the hospice’s Highwoods base, it is there for terminally ill residents, their families and health professionals who want advice or access to out-of-hours GPs and community nurses provided by Anglian Community Enterprise.
Singlepoint will be linked to the My Care Choices Register, which will see GPs identify anyone with a terminal illness, or an elderly patient with a range of ailments, who is unlikely to live longer than a year.
Currently, a team of nurses provides palliative and personal care for patients and support for families in the last month of life.
The hospice intends by November to recruit several more nurses so this service can be extended to the last three months of life.
For a full report, see Tuesday's Gazette.
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