Rostrevor group to launch Night Time Palliative Care Initiative

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Residents of the village of Rostrevor are developing a new night time palliative service to help patients who wish to die at home.

The medical and advisory initiative is being spearheaded by local residents committee which includes local GP Henry McLaughlin, District nurse Glenda Hughes and Marie Curie nurse Dympna Devlin.

GP Henry Mc Laughlin said, “Currently local residents who wish to die at home are supported during day time hours by combination oflocal GP, Macmillan and Marie Curie nurses, district nurses and carers.

“A Twilight District Nurse service operates until 11pm alongside ‘Out of Hours’ services. However, ‘Out of Hours’ is also responsible for emergency cases and delays in home visits are inevitable.

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“In some cases, the Marie Curie Service can assist by providing overnight stay but rarely more than three nights a week. A roving Marie Curie Service is available, but with just one nurse allocated to the entire Southern Board area, the responsiveness of that service is sometimes limited.”

“It is here, during these often difficult night times hours, that LIFE & TIMEsee a gap in support – so the proposed new service will focus on fundraising to service this need,” explained Dr McLaughlin.

LIFE & TIME is a proposal in its infancy, but is being developed in order to offer advice or administration of medication after 11pm – where existing services are unavailable in a timely fashion.

It’s intended that a qualified person will be available either by phone to provide advice and – where required – stay overnight to support the patient and family.

It is anticipated that the service would be community based and funded, operating in compliment to existing services.

In order to run the project LIFE & TIMES need to raise funds and alongside that wish to recruit nurses and/or doctors to deliver the service.

To kick start the initiative the Rostrevor group of cyclists, THE ROSSI, have committed to undertake a 150 mile cycle from Rostrevor to Lough Neagh in August whilst other events are planned for later in the year.

LIFE & TIME are hosting a public meeting in the GAA Clubrooms Rostrevor on Sunday 16th July at 7pm to share more information with the local community and invite to anyone interested in hearing more about the project to attend.

Charity registration has been applied for.

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