An award winning team at the George Eliot Hospital who provide palliative care for patients and their families have been shortlisted for a national award. The George Eliot Hospital Palliative Care Team is in the running for a Health Service Journal ‘Compassionate Care’ award for the exemplary service they provide at the Hospital and out in the community.
This small but dedicated team consists of a Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Dr Julia Grant supported by an experienced team of palliative care nurses who provide direct support to over forty patients and their families per month.* They work closely with ward teams to relieve patient suffering as well as helping patients and families to realise important goals during the latter stages of life. In addition they provide education and training to multidisciplinary teams across the organisation and health economy, enabling staff to give the best possible compassionate person-centred care. Dr Grant also supports patients in the community in partnership with local community and primary care teams.
The Hospital Palliative Care 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.
Dr Julia Grant commented on the news: "I am delighted that the Hospital Palliative Care Team has been recognised in this way. I am extremely proud of our fantastic and hard-working team who can only do their job with the support of the wider teams at GEH and in our local community. Care towards the end of life is so important as we don't get a second chance to get it right."