Thanks to a grant from the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation, Lewis-Manning Hospice is currently equipping a new treatment room, which is an important step towards the hospice providing end of life care for patients.
The hospice, having provided specialist palliative nursing day care for over 22 years, recently moved into a new facility in Poole to enable the care of patients overnight. Services continue to be developed, including the opening of bedrooms for overnight and respite stays, vastly benefiting patients and carers.
The grant, worth an approximate £18,500, is a big boost for the charity. Rachel Lapworth, Director of Development, explained, “The impact for Lewis-Manning will be to enable the inpatient unit to accept patients overnight who have more complex care needs and, in particular, who need supervised general medication and/or Controlled Drugs. Without this room being properly fitted and appropriate storage arrangements being put into place, we cannot care for those patients.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of Dorset Cancer Care Foundation, and we look forward to working them closely over the coming years as we continue to develop our services for the benefit of patients in the East Dorset community; and, ultimately, to respond to the overwhelming need for end of life care.”
The charity, which currently supports over 650 local people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, received a “glowing” report from its last unannounced Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection and is currently phasing the opening of its in-patient bedrooms.