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The Families Together Project| was prompted by the case of a young woman with advanced breast cancer who had complex family needs.
Following the coordination of care for the young woman, a needs analysis was conducted by the group. The needs analysis found that families required continuity of care within their own home and help with everyday practicalities, such as looking after children during chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Help is now given by two Macmillan nursery nurses who enable parents to rest and recuperate during treatment. The service provides access to financial advice and grants; respite care; liaison with schools; and help with transport, shopping, and meal preparation. The service also provides a vital link between the hospital and community, which gives patients the confidence that their care is holistic and well-considered.
The service has been evaluated and is about to enter it’s forth year, with funding from the local primary care trust. It is a collaboration between the Hull and East Yorkshire Acute NHS Trust, Macmillan and Home from Hospital.
Email Hayley Ward|, Macmillan Specialist Social Worker.
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