New service will allow terminally-ill to die at home

TERMINALLY-ill patients will have a better chance to die at home after a joint initiative between the NHS and the charity Marie Curie starts in Huntingdonshire next month. Sue Jestice, head of complex care at Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust explained:

TERMINALLY-ill patients will have a better chance to die at home after a joint initiative between the NHS and the charity Marie Curie starts in Huntingdonshire next month.

Sue Jestice, head of complex care at Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust explained: "We know that most people are admitted to hospital or a hospice at the end of their lives, although many would prefer to die at home in familiar surroundings.

"Together with Marie Curie Cancer Care, we are introducing a new nursing service from August 1, initially in Huntingdonshire and East Cambridgeshire and Fenland, that will make this possible.

"The service will be provided for patients with a wide range of conditions who have the most complex and unpredictable needs. At the end of a four-month initial period, we expect to roll this service out to the rest of Cambridgeshire."


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Michele Rooke, area nursing manager for Marie Curie Cancer Care, added: "This new service is not just for those with cancer. Marie Curie nurses work through the night or during the day to provide care for patients in the comfortable surroundings of their own home.

"Our nurses will also be there for families and carers, providing practical and emotional support at what can be an exhausting time, allowing carers to rest knowing their loved-one is in safe hands.

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