Substantial donation will see new Sue Ryder night service in South Oxfordshire

Substantial donation will see new Sue Ryder night service in South Oxfordshire
The donation from Henley-based Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation will allow Sue Ryder to recruit new members for a night service

A substantial donation from the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation to Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire will see a brand new around-the-clock service launched giving palliative care to patients at home at night across South Oxfordshire.

The award from the Henley-based charitable foundation will allow the charity to recruit new members into the team who will work through the night between the hours of 10.00pm and 7.00am, giving their expert and compassionate care so families can rest safe in the knowledge their loved one is being expertly and compassionately cared for.

Staff and volunteers at the Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub, based in Wallingford, are thrilled with the award, which means round-the-clock care can be offered to families giving them greater flexibility and reassurance.

Sylvia Thomas, Head of Quality and Clinical Services at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire, said: “Sue Ryder is incredibly grateful for the generous donation from the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation.

“For families with a loved one who is dying, nighttime can be an especially worrying and difficult time when they feel isolated or exhausted.

“Our new overnight service will ensure we can be there when it matters for our patients and their families no matter what time of day it is, providing them with the reassurance that their loved one is in the care of a skilled member of the Sue Ryder Hospice at Home team, while they can take some much-needed rest.

“We are delighted that the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation shares our vision and has chosen to support us with their donation.

“Sue Ryder’s aim is to be there when it matters for our patients at the most difficult times of their lives, providing a truly holistic package of care to meet individual needs, and by expanding our Hospice at Home care to include an overnight service the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation is enabling us to even better meet the needs of our patients and their loved ones.

“This extension to our existing services, including Hospice at Home, crisis care, rapid response, specialist symptom management home assessments, day hospice, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, befriending services, family support and the palliative inpatient beds at Wallingford Community Hospital, means Sue Ryder is offering a more holistic wrap-around package of palliative care than ever before to local communities across South Oxfordshire.

“Collaborating with our local partners and NHS colleagues in South Oxfordshire, we hope to grow our services even further. On average, only 30% of palliative care provision in the UK is funded by the Government. It is our fantastic supporters who fundraise for us so tirelessly and partners such as the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation who make it possible for us to provide the Sue Ryder care that we are so well known for to our patients at the end of their lives.”

Anna Burnside, Trustee of the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation, said, “On behalf of the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation, we are delighted to support the new Sue Ryder Night Service for the benefit of the people of Henley-on-Thames and South Oxfordshire. Sue Ryder has provided essential services to the community of Henley-on-Thames and South Oxfordshire area for many decades, and this ground-breaking initiative will ensure that this connection continues long into the future.”

Sue Ryder hopes to launch the service shortly and is currently recruiting new members to join their team across several roles and shifts, including nursing assistants and bank nursing assistants. To find out more about the available job opportunities, email recruitment@sueryder.org or call 0330 053 6092.

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