MYTON Hopsice is doing all it can to support palliative care patients in the face of NHS cutbacks.
Bosses at the hospice, which has centres in Warwick, Rugby and Coventry, have spoken out in response to a survey by the Royal College of Physicians which reveal increasing pressure on hospital budgets have left many unable to provide 24 hour end of life care specialists.
The charity say they are working with local hospitals to ensure patients can live well for as long as possible.
In a bid to combat the growing demand for end of life care they are planning to open six more beds at their Warwick site next month.
Myton director of nursing Michelle Linnane said: “Myton can offer advantages over the acute hospitals by providing a calm, peaceful environment which is designed specifically to care for patients where curative treatment is no longer possible.
“Our nurses are experts in providing a high standard of care where dignity and respect remains at the very heart of everything we do.”
And South Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT) – which runs hospitals in Warwick, Leamington, Stratford and Shipston – say they will continue to work with Myton to ensure patients have the end of life care they want and need.
The trust’s palliative medicine consultant Dr Carole Tallon told the Observer: “Our staff work very hard to provide excellent care for people at all stages of their lives and we strive to maintain their comfort and dignity. However, we recognise hospital is quite often not the best place for certain types of care.
“The trust understands the importance of working closely with patients who are approaching the end of their life and respecting their stated wishes.
“We work in close partnership with local care providers to enable patients to live their last days or weeks where they prefer to be – whether at home, in the hospice, nursing home or in hospital.
“When a dying person stays in hospital for their last days of life, the trust ensures he or she is compassionately cared for with the best end of life care by a highly committed professional hospital team.”
Visit www.mytonhospice.org to find out more about the charity.