More care and support for families

Posted: October 12, 2015

Trust in partnership with two children's hospice charities

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is joining forces with two local children's hospice charities to provide a new service to families across Swindon and North Wiltshire from January 2016.
Through a special partnership involving the Trust, Naomi House Children's Hospice and Jessie May Children's Hospice at Home, the new service will offer regular respite and medical support at home for families with children who have a life limiting or life threatening condition. 

Highly trained community nurses will look after the child's medical needs, while the family will benefit from a regular break from their 24/7 caring role.

The service, which will be funded through charitable donations, will be available to families in Swindon, Marlborough, Devizes, Pewsey, Hungerford and Amesbury. 

Referrals can be made by families themselves or by professionals involved in their care by contacting Jessie May on 0117 961 6840 or

Sarah Merritt, Divisional Director of Nursing in the Women & Children's Division at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"We are privileged to be working with two leading hospice organisations that make a massive difference to local children and their families at extremely difficult times. 

"This enhanced service will help us to provide more flexible, high quality and personalised care to local families and we look forward to seeing the difference it will make."
Mark Smith, Chief Executive at Naomi House & Jacksplace, highlighted that this partnership is a best practice example of how to improve the service on offer to families:

"At Naomi House, we believe that by working in partnership with other charities and healthcare organisations, we can provide a greater quality and scope of service to meet the needs of local families. 
"By providing an integrated service with the NHS and other partners, families receive a more joined up service and have access to a wider range of support and expertise".
Chris Roys, Chief Executive Officer for Jessie May, believes the new service will have immediate benefits for children and young people with life-limiting conditions: "All of the children we aim to support have a limited life expectancy as well as complex health needs.

Being able to choose to remain at home surrounded by family and friends and to die at home when the time comes is so important. There are no second chances.

"The highly trained and experienced Jessie May nurses working with colleagues in the NHS and at Naomi House Children's Hospice will enable children and families in Swindon and Wiltshire to have greater choice." 

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