Partnership is helping more

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A new partnership is helping care for more people with potentially life limiting conditions at hospital.

The number of patients with potentially life limiting conditions who are being cared for by specialist teams at hospitals run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has doubled thanks to new partnership Marie Curie @ Northumbria.

The partnership, which launched early in 2015, is jointly funded by the charity Marie Curie and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and aims to deliver high quality palliative and end of life care and support to people living in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The number of patients seen by Hospital Palliative Care Liaison Teams across general wards in North Tyneside General Hospital, Wansbeck General Hospital and the new specialist emergency care hospital The Northumbria has more than doubled to 498 patients in July 2015 compared to 169 the previous year.

The Hospital Palliative Care Liaison Teams are made up of specialist nurses and palliative medicine consultants and are on hand to support people with palliative care needs who are being treated in wards across the hospitals.

Four new palliative care nurses have been recruited to the teams across the three hospitals since the beginning of the partnership, more than doubling the team to seven palliative care nurses.

Modern matron Michele McKidd for Marie Cure @ Northumbria, said: “The increase in the patients we are seeing across our wards is a testament to the hard work of the expanded teams. As the teams grow they are able to work more proactively in supporting patients across the wards.

“Offering this care and support to patients who have life limiting conditions or who are nearing the end of their lives and their families, is making our care more responsive to their needs.”