Chris -
Palliative Care Specialist

I’ve worked as a Palliative Care Specialist Nurse for Ashgate Hospicecare for eight years. I work out in the community, providing support to people who are facing a life-changing time. I assess patients and help them to manage their symptoms and I introduce patients and their families to the many teams at the hospice who can support them. No two days are the same, but I will usually see around three patients a day and the amount of time I spend with them will vary depending on their needs.
The first involvement I had with the hospice was a personal one, following my mum’s diagnosis of cancer in 2009, during a time of great uncertainty and shock. As a daughter, and also as a nurse, her diagnosis was difficult and very daunting for me. At times like this, you can feel very alone, not knowing how to access support and information as your head is in a whirl of emotions.
Our introduction to a specialist nurse from Ashgate Hospicecare at that time was key to helping us understand what was available, to make informed choices and to provide support for us both. The first home visit opened my eyes to the amazing role that these specialist nurses play out in the community at the hardest time for a family.
The thing I’m most proud of as a specialist nurse is being able to give families the security of knowing that we are here for them, telling them about all the ways Ashgate Hospicecare will be able to support them through their journey.

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