Hospice outreach in Fakenham

Nikki Ellis and Nichola Child at the hospice's new clinic in Fakenham ANL-140610-092246001

Nikki Ellis and Nichola Child at the hospice's new clinic in Fakenham ANL-140610-092246001

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The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, has launched a new weekly afternoon clinic in Fakenham surgery to make specialist palliative care more accessible for people in North West aNorfolk.

This trial satellite clinic, set up in September, is for patients who have been diagnosed with an illness that is known to shorten their life expectancy and for which there is no active cure.

The clinic is hosted by two members of the day therapy team, Nikki Ellis, who is a palliative care nurse, and Nichola Child, an occupational therapist. Patients will be able to access the service for a range of different interventions including fatigue management, breathlessness management, advice on pain management, emotional support, help with coping with anxiety and practical support for day to day living at home.

The initiative has been timed to coincide with this week’s Hospice Care Week which sees the Norfolk Hospice join forces with over 100 hospices across the UK to help raise awareness about the diversity of hospice care and its availability, using the theme “Hospice care, everywhere”.

Hospice care is not limited to buildings, but in fact the vast majority of hospice care is provided in people’s own homes. Hospices also play an important role in supporting and educating staff and volunteers working in other settings beyond hospices, including care homes and hospitals.

The Norfolk Hospice Day Therapy team focus on achieving quality of life and enabling people to continue doing the things they enjoy for as long as possible. Their aim is to provide support for the patients and their loved ones to enable them to remain in control of their illness. Allowing patients and carers to talk openly about their fears and concerns for the future can alleviate anxiety.

Mark Shea, commercial director from The Norfolk Hospice said: “We are delighted to support this national awareness-raising drive. We will be encouraging our supporters to share their stories and memories of hospice care, especially through social media #HospiceCareWeek, to help spread the word that hospice care is not only available in a hospice building.

“We hope people will realise that hospice care is more diverse than they might first think and will become more aware of where else it is available, especially the support hospices offer to terminally ill people in their own homes.”