Local hospice and healthcare providers launch New Rapid Response Day Team

A pilot programme has been launched in rural north Warwickshire to provide a rapid response home-based service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to people approaching the end of life. The service will initially cover the Atherstone, Polesworth, Kingsbury & Coleshill areas and is the result of collaboration between Mary Ann Evans Hospice (MAEH) and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT).

SWFT's community based nurses are working alongside the MAEH team to educate and upscale the delivery of palliative care in the local community; this includes the Rapid Response Team supporting local nursing and residential homes. The team will be working closely with local GP practices and Macmillan services. They will be able to provide rapid symptom control, emotional support, knowledge and advice to patients, families and care staff in order to deliver the highest standard of palliative care.

The scheme will enable people to remain in their own home. The service is, at this moment in time, a pilot scheme for one year on the back of the success of the Hospice and SWFT’s Rapid Response night time Service. The service will also help highlight the other clinical services that the Hospice delivers on a daily basis.

MAEH is delighted to have been supported by the WPH Charitable Trust along with Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group to pilot this service along with their NHS partners South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.

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