Lakelands helps its 100th patient at home

Paul Marlow with Rosina Howe, Mandy Gardner, Cathy Langtree, Finola Stovin and Vera Kenna
Paul Marlow with Rosina Howe, Mandy Gardner, Cathy Langtree, Finola Stovin and Vera Kenna

A service which provides overnight care to people who are within the last weeks of their life has just helped its 100th patient.

The Lakelands Hospice@Home service helps people with cancer stay in their homes during their last days.

It was initially thought that the service, which started in September 2010, would care for 45 patients in its first two years, but demand has been so high the team has now cared for more than 100 people in the Corby area.

The Lakelands team works with district nurses to ensure that they help as many people as possible, and the feedback from patients’ relatives has been very positive.

Nurse manager Cathy Langtree said: “We hope to be able to care for more patients over the next two years as the service has been so well received.

“Our nurses are not going into people’s homes to take over from the family if the families want to continue to care for their relative, we are there to ensure the patient’s symptoms are well controlled, giving immediate relief overnight as required, while also helping and supporting the family during a very difficult time. We are always directed by the patient and family.”

Community fundraiser Paul Marlow said: “The H@H team do an amazing job often working long, unsociable hours dealing with families at their lowest ebb, and the feedback and success of the service is to their credit.”

The service is funded by Lakelands, which needs £475,000 a year to run all its services.

The hospice’s annual Light up a Life services are on Friday, November 29, in Willow Place, Corby, and Friday, December 13, at the hospice in Butland Road, Corby.

Call 01536 747755 for details.