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Mayor and Mayoress of Nuneaton learn more about End of Life care in North Warwickshire

On Monday 7 January Theresa Bishop, Locality Manager and Beverley Ashby, District Nurse, hosted a special event to share with local partners what has been done to improve care for patients who are nearing their end of life in North Warwickshire

Significant work has already been done in this area, particularly focusing on partnership work between community nurses and Mary Anne Evans hospice. As part of this a Rapid Response overnight service for end of life patients and carers was launched in partnership with SWFT and Mary Ann Hospice. This is a specialist service providing overnight care for people approaching the end of their lives. The service is staffed by experienced Registered Nurses and Senior Health Care Assistants who have received the necessary training to meet the care needs of people approaching the end of their lives. They offer advice on physical symptoms like pain and sickness and administer injections to ease these problems if needed. In addition to helping to manage physical symptoms, they offer emotional support for patients and their families.

The event had representatives from partners across health and social care including GPs, Specialist Palliative Care Nurses, carers, Mary Ann Evans and Myton Hospice, Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group and staff from George Eliot Hospital.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Nuneaton also attended. Commenting on the event, Chris Watkins, Mayor and Colette Watkins, Mayoress said: “Thank you to Theresa Bishop and Beverly Ashby for our invite. We found the event around the End of Life Pathway very informative and useful. It was good to see so many different agencies coming together to make something so important easier for when the time comes’.

Rebecca Bartholomew, Director of Nursing and Quality at Warwickshire North, Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It is exciting to see the launch of a continuous improvement plan being implemented for end of life pathways. This important work will enhance, compliment and harmonise existing services to get it right for patients, families and carers at this life changing time.”

The event was also an opportunity to launch ‘Big Room Meetings’. These will take place every week over the next year and are an opportunity for health and social care partners to get together regularly and review where improvements can be made to make services better for patients and carers in North Warwickshire. For more information on these events, please contact Theresa Bishop on 07767005227.

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