Doctors and nurses at George Eliot Hospital who care for people towards the end of their lives have been recognised nationally for their compassionate patient care.
Members of the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust’s Specialist Palliative Care Team were thrilled to receive a ‘Highly Commended’ award at the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards in the category ‘Compassionate Patient Care’.
The judges said that the project was ‘compassion in action' - highlighting the team’s work to reach all in the community, as well as staff within the hospital. One judge noted, “A very well rounded approach and exceptionally well evidenced, without missing the impact on individual patients. Really heartening to hear of the focus and attention to this important area, as well as significant user engagement.”
The dedicated Specialist Palliative Care Team consists of a Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Dr Julia Grant and Lead Nurse for Palliative and End of Life Care, Kristy Clayton supported by specialist nurses Marion Corroon, Karen Badgery, Faye Howard and secretary Sonia Brierley. The team provide direct support to more than forty patients and their families per month.
The Team works closely with ward staff to relieve patient suffering as well as helping patients and families to realise important goals during the latter stages of life. They also provide education and training to multidisciplinary teams across the organisation and wider health service - enabling staff to give the best, person-centred care. Dr Grant also supports patients in the community in partnership with local community and primary care teams.
The Team works closely with colleagues in the hospital and community including Mary Ann Evans Hospice teams, community nursing teams, Myton Hospices, social care, primary care and the third sector to ensure that services are seamless and meet patients' needs.
Chief Executive of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Kath Kelly, said: “I am delighted and proud that the team has received this thoroughly deserved recognition. To be one 1600 applicants from across the country, shortlisted to one of the final eleven teams for this award, receiving ‘Highly Commended’ is a phenomenal achievement. Congratulations to all of the Specialist Palliative Care Team.”