St Peter & St James Hospice

Supporting patients & families in their own home

To support local people to be cared for and live well at home towards the end of their life, and to die in their preferred place. This is facilitated by the expert advice and care of our Clinical Nurse Specialists, hereafter called community nurses, who provide comfort at an often difficult time.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1056114)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£25,000

Amount raised

£53,945

Donations

118

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • At the time of my diagnosis, one of the clinical nurse specialists was a tremendous help to me and to my wife Nicky. Ruth was able to explain what was happening and how to move forward through exceptionally trying circumstances.

    — Community Patient, Lewes

  • I never had to ask for anything, and that‚Äôs mainly because I didn‚Äôt know what to ask for. Sam knew what our needs would be, and she organised everything. The care we received was outstanding - without her, we would have fallen apart. She is a very special person.

    — Ted Prince - carer for wife, Haywards Heath

  • I visit our wonderful patients and their families in their own homes to provide care, symptom control advice, support and guidance. It is an enormous privilege to make difficult moments that little easier for people and help families make precious last memories together.

    — Clinical Nurse Specialist working in the local community

  • I never had to ask for anything, and that’s mainly because I didn’t know what to ask for. Sam knew what our needs would be, and she organised everything. The care we received was outstanding - without her, we would have fallen apart. She is a very special person.

    — Ted Prince - carer for wife, Haywards Heath

  • At the time of my diagnosis, one of the clinical nurse specialists was a tremendous help to me and to my wife Nicky. Ruth was able to explain what was happening and how to move forward through exceptionally trying circumstances.

    — Community Patient, Lewes

  • I visit our wonderful patients and their families in their own homes to provide care, symptom control advice, support and guidance. It is an enormous privilege to make difficult moments that little easier for people and help families make precious last memories together.

    — Clinical Nurse Specialist working in the local community

Situation

Surveys repeatedly find most people want to die at home, but in reality the most common place of death is in hospital (almost 50% of the deaths in England last year were in hospital). This puts pressure on our hospitals’ limited physical and personnel resources, and the unfamiliarity of a clinical environment can be distressing for patients and their families. Furthermore, research shows that insufficient practical support impacts negatively on carers physical and mental wellbeing.

Solution

Our community team will be better equipped to ensure appropriate emotional and practical support is provided to local families in their own homes. This support empowers patients to make decisions and have more choice around their death, at a time when much of their life is no longer in their control, and to stay at home for as long as possible. This will enable more people to fulfil their wish to die in familiar, comfortable surroundings, therefore allowing them the best possible ‘good’ death.