Those of you who are regular readers of my column will know that earlier this year we introduced a new team of specialist nurses who will support patients with other end-stage conditions, as well as cancer.
The four-strong disease specific team consists of a renal supportive care nurse, liver supportive care nurse, advanced heart failure nurse specialist and dementia lead nurse.
I am delighted to say that we have now recruited a new renal supportive care nurse, Sue Gildersleve, who joins us from Worthing Hospital where she was part of the renal team.
Sue will continue to develop our renal supportive care service while also taking on the role of disease specific team lead.
As part of this role she will be responsible for the continued development and promotion of our disease specific services.
St Barnabas House now reaches out to more people than ever before, but it is our responsibility to continue to adapt to the needs of an ageing population.
These new specialist services will enable us to provide care for people who previously we have been unable to support.
I would like to assure anybody who has any concerns about these new services that cancer patients will remain at the core of our service.
We are simply adapting to meet an increasing need in our local area and the growing complexities of patients who require end of life care.
You can find out more about our new disease specific services by visiting our website: www.stbh.org.uk/disease-specific-care-services
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