Jane’s role as EACH Service Manager at Quidenham puts her right at the very heart of the nook appeal and like many of the staff members at Quidenham she is looking forward to the extra space and facilities the nook will allow.
We asked Jane to talk about her role, Quidenham and how the nook
will make a difference to the care her team can offer.
“My role as service manager is to ensure the delivery of excellent palliative care to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. We provide care in the hospice, at home or in other community settings.
“The hospice at Quidenham has offered a haven for many families over many years. It is not a place of gloom, but one of support and fun at difficult times for families. We are also able to offer time to children and families – a valuable resource in the very busy world of the NHS and social care.
“As children’s needs become more complex and care more technical, it is evident that our current location is not big enough. We are unable to offer hydrotherapy on site, the corridors are narrow, presenting a challenge to children with large wheelchairs and lots of extra equipment, we currently deliver care on two floors with a very small lift and we are also constrained by the size of our bedrooms.
“We are very lucky at EACH to have access to a broad spectrum of professionals including not just nurses and carers but a variety of therapists. We have grown our wellbeing team over the years and are now very lucky to have a music and art therapists – both of whom have equipment and products to store. We have had to put a shed up in the garden to store some of these as space is currently at such a premium in the hospice.
“I am very excited by the prospect of a new hospice, with large indoor and outdoor spaces. Better storage space will offer us the opportunity to develop services without having to consider whether we can accommodate any more equipment to do so.
“Our parents accommodation will be much larger and more integrated so we can better support parents and families who are staying. We will have a lovely hydrotherapy pool
, meaning we can provide all year round sessions rather than six week blocks currently being delivered, and purpose built rooms for art, music and counselling. We will also have the capacity at the nook to have our sibling and bereavement support groups on site rather than miles away from the hospice.
“Due to the new location, we will have improved ambulance response times in an emergency and better access to our local hospital as well as it being easier to access for families.
“It is difficult to imagine all the positives to be gained by the new hospice. I would urge the people of Norfolk to support the nook appeal
, not with the idea that this is a terribly sad place where children go to die, but as an uplifting place where children and their families laugh and live as well.”
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