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Ward develops box of comforts for patients

Patients on Ann Wright Ward at Scarborough Hospital who are nearing the end of their life, are being given a box of small items of comfort, to help during this time, thanks to an initiative led by ward staff.   

The ‘End of Life Palliative Care Box’ contains a cosy blanket for the patient, and relative, which they can keep, plus a small bedside lamp which can be used instead of the main room or ward light. It also includes some personal items, including a toiletry bag and contents, bottled water, biscuits, sweets, and mints.

The idea is to provide a few items of comfort for the patient and relatives who may be staying over.  The box also contains a parking permit for relatives and contact numbers for their information.

Sue Boulton, Ward Sister, explained: “Following attendance at an 'End of Life Training' day organised by the End of Life Care Trainer, and specialist palliative care team, our staff wanted to look into an initiative to help improve the comfort of patients coming to the end of their life.

“The aim is to provide a few simple but hopefully beneficial comfort items for patients and their families, who are being nursed on a busy ward during what is a difficult time. 

“Our Ward Housekeeper, Julia Houlden, was very instrumental in researching and sourcing the contents to include and the project has also been supported by Christine Wilson, End of Life Care Trainer, who has helped provide the funding.”

Christine Wilson has been providing dedicated training since 2012 specifically to improve the care for those in the last weeks of life. Her post has been supported by a Yorkshire and Humber initiative; MPET (Multi Professional Educational Training) which aims to drive up standards.

On 24 March 2014 Scarborough Hospital was one of three organisations chosen to present its achievements at an event in Leeds. Part of the presentation described the impact of the training to patients, carers and staff and the excellent work of Ann Wright Ward.

08 April 2014

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The idea is to provide a few items of comfort for the patient and relatives who may be staying over.  The box also contains a parking permit for relatives and contact numbers for their information.

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