The Neighbourhood Hubs will open in Penzance and Wadebridge next month and will offer free advice, support and information for patients, their carers and families.
Commenting on the new service, Dawn Tame-Battell, Cornwall Hospice Care’s Director of Patient Services, said:
“The aim of our charity is to make as much difference as we can to as many people as possible who are coping with a terminal illness. Times are changing and patients are now demanding, quite rightly, better services nearer to home. The hubs will allow us to take the expertise currently only available to our ‘in-patients’, to others in the community and much earlier in their disease. We hope to reach upwards of a thousand extra people a year via the hubs.”
“The idea of the Neighbourhood Hubs is to encourage patients and their carers to manage their symptoms, reducing dependency and increasing independence, and to help answer their questions. A number of staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide a range of therapies, specialist support and advice and a cup of tea or coffee.”
“We aim to build confidence, helping people to live as well as possible. We want to provide people with a chance to come and talk, to have both their physical and emotional issues addressed, including discussing advanced care planning, where patients can detail how they want to be treated and cared for going forward.”
The hospice plans to open further hubs in the coming months to cover the whole of Cornwall.
The weekly Neighbourhood Hubs begin on October 12. For more information visit Cornwall Hospice Care