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End Of Life Care Community Educators
Our Outpatient clinics are part of our Day Services and are aimed at patients who require our specialist services on an appointment basis or for a planned programme of care.
Medical Outpatient Service:
Our expert palliative care medical team provide advice and care on symptom management with one of our specialist doctors.
Our nurse led intervention clinic provides practical advice and intravenous drug treatments for symptom control without the need for admission.
Massage is a gentle rhythmical touch of the hands on the body using a carrier oil in order to relax and relieve stress.
Reflexology is a sequence of thumb or finger movements worked over the entire surface of the feet or hands. Each part of the body has a corresponding reflex area on the hand or foot. By working on these areas relaxation and relief of symptoms can be achieved.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils blended in a carrier oil and applied by means of massage, vaporiser or inhalation. This allows some of the therapeutic properties of the oils to be absorbed into the body.
You should have only one complementary therapy in a day to ensure maximum benefit from that treatment. It is best to avoid eating a heavy meal and drinking tea, coffee or alcohol either just before or after a treatment. Following your treatment, try and lie still for at least 5 minutes and then drink as much water as possible. This helps your body to get rid of toxins. We encourage you to take time to relax and enjoy your treatment.
The Breathlessness clinic, run by a physiotherapist and specialist nurses, is aimed at patients whose quality of life could be improved by undergoing a programme of care which includes exercises and coping strategies for breathlessness. Patient referrals will be accepted from GPs, district nurses, hospital and community Macmillan nurses and hospital consultants. click here to download our referral form.
The physiotherapist may offer help with:
- Improving muscle strength following prolonged bed rest or surgery.
- Relaxation and exercises to control breathing.
- Pain management.
- Aids such as walking frames and wheelchairs to assist mobility.
- Moving or being moved safely.
- Making personal care easier.
End Of Life Care Community EducatorsThis team has been developed to extend hospice good practice into nursing homes in the South West Herts area. This innovative approach is a response to the DOH End of Life Strategy (2008) and is trying to ensure that residents in nursing homes are able to remain there to be cared for at the end of their life rather than be transferred to an acute hospital which may be inappropriate or undesirable.
The aim of the team is to:
- Support the development of excellence in palliative care in nursing homes through nursing home staff receiving formal training and informal role modelling and mentoring.
- Be a palliative care resource nurse for the nursing home staff.
- Develop End of Life Care Tools such as the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) and Advance Care Planning (ACP).
- Work alongside staff and others (GPs, Macmillan nurses and Community Matrons) to implement chosen pathways in the nursing home.