Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

East Devon Day Hospice Appeal: How the new centre will benefit patients

16:32 25 February 2014

Angela Phillips (right) pictured with Mary Ashby.

Angela Phillips (right) pictured with Mary Ashby.

Archant

Hospiscare East Devon community cluster team leader Angela Phillips talks about her role and the new day hospice.

With the new East Devon Day Hospice due to open this summer, Hospiscare East Devon community cluster team leader Angela Phillips has been talking to the Herald about her role and how the new day hospice will benefit patients and carers.

Having worked for Hospiscare for 22 years, Angela is a recognised face in East Devon.

Part of her role as community cluster team leader involves her leading a team of five nurses, caring for patients with progressive illnesses across East Devon.

Angela said: “We run as one team across Ottery St Mary, Axminster and Honiton.

“From the nurse’s point of view, the new day hospice is going to be a really pleasant environment from which to work.

“Just having everything under the same roof - day care, therapies, and the possibility of nurse-led drop -in clinics – will bring care closer to patients.”

Lancashire born Angela’s interest in palliative care began at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in 1978.

Whilst working on the oncology unit, she glimpsed inside one of the UK’s first hospices. Angela said: “I was privileged to visit St Christopher Hospice in London and was just inspired by the holistic hospice approach”

Along with the managerial side of her role, Angela also works in a clinical capacity working closely with other healthcare professionals to ensure a well-rounded service for Hospiscare patients.

She said: “Our patients know we’re all singing from the same hymn sheet; we know their GPs and district nurses. We’re also very much part of the team based on Jerrard Wing in Honiton Hospital, and will continue to work on those links when we’re in the new day hospice.”

Having received positive feedback about the new facility, Angela explained how it will benefit patients.

She added: “The new day hospice is going to give us that quiet space to be able to see patients in appropriate facilities and pleasant surroundings.

“Also, it’s that mutual support from other patients and their families - just for patients to be able to meet people in a like-situation is beneficial, as well as having access to the lovely therapies on offer.

“Our patients have gone through multiple losses. Perhaps they used to be a member of the WI or attend art classes and miss this social interaction which they can get at a day hospice. It’s that little bit of normality in their lives; it’s brilliant.”

The Midweek Herald, Sidmouth Herald, Cranbrook Herald, and Hospiscare have joined forces to launch the East Devon Hospice Appeal to raise £250,000 to complete and run the state-of-the-art day hospice, which is to be built in Honiton.

The new day hospice will provide a patients’ lounge, assisted bathroom, therapy room, quiet room and kitchen, as well as a beautiful sensory garden.

Hospiscare received a grant of £510,000 from NHS England as well as generous pledges from its sister charities, Budleigh, Exmouth and Sidmouth Hospiscare, to bring the plans for the new day hospice to fruition.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Theft and criminal damage were some the reasons for a rise in reported crime in Ottery in December - with police recording 18 incidents, compared to 10 during the same period the previous year.

Read more
18:35

Visitors to Kennaway House can embark on a virtual tour of Provence next week with the first in a series of alternative travel talks.

Read more
15:00

The company says it ‘has no plans to move’ the cabinet but will discuss matter with councillors

Read more

District chiefs have backed down and are now set to release details of a deal to sell their Knowle HQ to a developer.

Read more
11:40

The amount claimed in expenses by East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire during the last financial year has been revealed.

Read more

East Devon District Council is searching for temporary staff to help its elections team in May.

Read more

Police are appealing for witnesses after a driver died following a collision between two vehicles outside Branscombe on Friday evening (January 20).

Read more

Panellists, including Bill Bryson, John Craven and Anita Rani have recognised the charities work in its Wildlife Success of the Year category.

Read more

Volunteers working to tackle homelessness got first-hand experience of the terrible conditions when they slept rough in Sidmouth in the freezing cold.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:30

The car park for Sidmouth’s Manor Pavilion is set to be run on a ‘pay and display’ basis under plans for 2017/18 unveiled by its owners.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 0°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications