Our Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home service is expanding

Sue Ryder is delighted to announce that our Leckhampton Court Hospice has been awarded a substantial donation by The Summerfield Charitable Trust to develop our existing Hospice at Home services in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Gloucester.

Elise Hoadley, Leckhampton Court Hospice Director; Nursing Assistant Becky Clarke; Head of Clinical Services Debbie Williams; and  Edward Gillespie, Chairman of the Trustees for The Summerfield Charitable Trust.
Left to right: Elise Hoadley, Leckhampton Court Hospice Director; Nursing Assistant Becky Clarke; Head of Clinical Services Debbie Williams; and Edward Gillespie, Chairman of the Trustees for The Summerfield Charitable Trust.

Need for palliative care nationally is projected to increase by 42% by 2040 – an extra 161,842 people each year.* Hospice UK, however, estimates that one in four families are currently unable to access the expert end of life care they need.*

At Sue Ryder, our aim is to provide more care for more people. We believe that everybody should have access to 24/7 palliative care and support.

Increasingly, more and more people are telling us that they want to be cared for at home, in familiar surroundings with loved ones near.

Earlier this year, we conducted research* that showed a preference for professional medical care and support for a long-term illness in people’s own homes (65%) or end of life care in their own home (58%). More than 80% of adults surveyed felt that patients should be given a choice as to whether to receive care for a life-limiting illness or end of life care in their own home or a hospice building.

Expanding our care

We pride ourselves on being there when it matters for our patients and their families. We have been working with NHS Gloucestershire CCG and other palliative and health care partners in Gloucestershire to understand the gaps in quality end of life care in Gloucestershire. 

As a result of this work, and thanks to the grant from The Summerfield Charitable Trust, Sue Ryder is expanding its Hospice at Home provision in Gloucestershire to include two new Hospice at Home teams made up of Sue Ryder Nurses providing expert and compassionate palliative care to patients in their own homes in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury.

Providing much-needed choice

“We are incredibly grateful for the generous donation from Gloucestershire’s Summerfield Charitable Trust,” said our Leckhampton Court Hospice Director Elise Hoadley.

“This grant will allow us to expand the care that is given through our current Hospice at Home service and, along with our inpatient beds and day services, it will enable patients to have a choice on how and where they receive care,” she continued.

“We remain committed to working in partnership with the local CCG to ensure that our developments continue to meet the ongoing plans of End of Life provision across the county.”

“Summerfield’s Trustees were most impressed by the clarity and scale of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s ambition,” said Edward Gillespie, Chair of Trustees at The Summerfield Charitable Trust. “Their funding application has given us the opportunity to partner a project that will have county-wide benefit for a caring service that we know to be exceptionally valuable.

“We wish Sue Ryder every success with expanding this service,” he added.

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As a result of the expansion, we are now recruiting for a number of new healthcare positions in the Gloucestershire area.

Our Sue Ryder Nurses are privileged to be there for patients and their families when it matters.

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References

*End of Life Care Coalition, 2017, The emergency bed crisis: high quality end of life care as a critical part of the solution  (Link)

*Hospice UK, Open Up Hospice Care. Published July 2017. (Link)

*Omnibus survey commissioned by Sue Ryder and conducted by research agency Populus. The omnibus survey took place from the 15-16 January 2018. 1,088 interviews were completed and the results weighted to be representative of Great Britain adults aged 18+.