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Palliative care charity funds specialist roles to support end of life care

29 April 2014

Macmillan Caring Locally has funded two new posts at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals (RBCH) to support and improve end of life care across both hospitals.

A specialist palliative care locum consultant and an end of life care nurse have been employed to further support patients who are at the end of their lives and to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect.

Locum consultant Dr Claire Stark Toller has been working with the Specialist Palliative Care Team at Christchurch Hospital’s Macmillan Unit since January. Emma Tierney, RBCH’s End of Life Care Nurse, works to improve end of life care through ward-based education and training.

Dr Sean Weaver, Associate Medical Director for Clinical Governance and the Chair of the End of Life Steering Board, said: “For our patients we want to provide good end of life care and I am incredibly grateful for the support of Macmillan Caring Locally for these posts. There is only one chance to get the care of those who are dying right and I am sure that these posts will help to improve this.”

The new roles will also support planning and communication between patients, their families and hospital staff to raise awareness of end of life issues and provide expert advice and support to other healthcare professionals.

Dr Ros Pugh, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, said: “Excellent end of life care is a priority in all settings, particularly the acute hospitals. Macmillan Caring Locally is supporting us all the way.”

Macmillan Caring Locally is a local charity that currently funds about a third of the Trust’s specialist palliative care services.

Neal Williams, Trust Secretary at Macmillan Caring Locally, said: “We are incredibly proud of the Macmillan Unit, and we are delighted to fund these new posts as our commitment to support and improve end of life care for our community.”

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