Over the next two years, Macmillan will partner with six UK sites to help them provide more palliative and end-of-life care to people at home. This groundbreaking new approach will greatly improve quality of life for people with cancer and their families.
Our new approach
All six centres will be based on our Midhurst Macmillan Community Palliative Care Service, which began in 2006.
The Midhurst service consists of a team of different professionals who work together to provide care and treatment in the community. This helps to reduce emergency hospital admissions and it means people with cancer can receive things such as blood transfusions at home.
Helping Nigel and Alice
Nigel, whose wife Alice was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, tells us what the Midhurst service meant to them. He says, ‘Midhurst enabled us to go on living a life at home together, and ultimately it allowed Alice to die at home, which was a huge benefit to her and the rest of the family. We didn’t have as much worry or stress.’
Where it’s going
The Isle of Wight’s Earl Mountbatten Hospice will be one of the services piloting the approach from Midhurst, now known as Macmillan Specialist Care at Home. Jill George, the hospice’s Nurse Manager, says, ‘I put the initial application in because it sounded like a really exciting project.
I went to see Midhurst and thought this was something that we could look at here. Hopefully it’ll mean people can spend more time at home. I’m very much looking towards the long term.’
To find out more about how this project is improving palliative and end-of-life care, visit our Macmillan Specialist Care at Home pages.
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