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Two local organisations work together to improve care for patients

Thursday 13 August 2015

Two local organisations work together to improve care for patients

 

A strong alliance has formed between The Shakespeare Hospice and Stratford Hospital ahead of the new hospital opening in the heart of Stratford in early 2017.

 

The new hospital is going to help make healthcare services more accessible for local communities in South Warwickshire and the surrounding areas. The top floor of the hospital will house the Rigby Unit, which will provide cancer treatment for patients. This new state of the art unit will include 12 chemotherapy treatment chairs, 2 emergency treatment rooms and a range of facilities to support patients such as a complimentary therapy room.

 

Within the Rigby Unit, The Shakespeare Hospice will have an outreach facility providing a range of services, including counselling. This direct link to the Hospice’s services will improve access and knowledge for patients and their families about the services available to them.

 

This new joined up approach will also extend to the Shakespeare Hospice team being a core part of the hospital’s clinical team. Both organisations will be working closely together to provide the highest quality of care to patients. By working together, the hospital and hospice will be able to ensure that patients and their families are able to receive holistic care at the time they need it most.

 

Clinicians from both organisations have already started planning how they will integrate their services. To show their commitment a joint fundraising event has also been planned for September. This will support the £1 million appeal for the new hospital and the on-going fundraising required to provide Shakespeare Hospice Services. Stratforward and Geraud Markets UK have arranged for the event to be hosted by Simon Rimmer from Channel Four Sunday Brunch. It will be a five course gourmet dinner with fizz on arrival, held at Loxley's restaurant on Sheep Street in Stratford. Loxley’s restaurant is the main sponsor for the food festival and they are kindly supporting the charity event. Tickets are £75 and places are limited, book early by calling 01789 292 128 to avoid disappointment.

 

Glen Burley, Chief Executive for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said: “This new development is going to make such a difference for local communities and I am delighted that more people will have local access to vital health care services because of it. It is great to see us working so closely with one of our key partners, The Shakespeare Hospice, to improve access for services that really help patients and their families through difficult times.”

 

Angie Arnold, Chief Executive of The Shakespeare Hospice said: “This outreach facility is the first of its kind in South Warwickshire and the first outreach facility for The Shakespeare Hospice. The facility will enable us to provide care and support for patients using the new Cancer Unit at Stratford hospital which will complement the medical care they receive there. We also hope the facility will improve access to our services for families and carers as well as providing young people services. We are looking forward to working with the Trust on this exciting development.”

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Our Family Support Services include Children and Family Support Service, Bereavement Support, Counselling, Chaplaincy and Social Work Service.

For the families we support, we can offer volunteers to stay at home with a patient while the carer attends the Hospice or other appointments.

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