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Nurse Jan’s care pack wins award

Posted on 17 November 2017

A Kent nurse of 30 years has won funding for a new scheme she hopes will bring comfort to families in times of need.

Jan Hyde from Dover won first prize in the Pilgrims Hospices Patricia Morley Award for 2017 with her ‘Comfort Care Packs initiative’. An idea she had while working on the wards as an End of Life Care Facilitator based at the William Harvey Hospital.

I hope this small gesture will help to provide some comfort at a time of great need.

“As a nurse I often see families who may be at a time of crisis when a loved one has been moved into the hospital. Often a relative will arrive to share important moments with a patient without giving a second thought to his or her own needs. By providing a Comfort Care Pack containing some essential toiletries and items such as snacks, we can ensure love ones can feel refreshed at a time the patient needs support. I hope this small gesture will help to provide some comfort for people at a time of great need.”

Jan has won a £1,000 cheque for the project, which will be rolled out across all East Kent hospitals; along with a personal accolade for her creative approach to improving end of life care for local people.

As well as the Comfort Care Packs, the award fund will also help to provide Wedding Boxes to support patients at end of life care if they wish to get married while they are in hospital.

Each Wedding Box will have information for care teams on who to contact to arrange marriages as well as useful items such as plastic champagne flutes, a tablecloth, decorative flowers, a CD of wedding music and a congratulations card for the couple.

Jan said: “Little things can make such a big difference when we are caring for people at this time in their life.”

Wendy Hills Pilgrims Director of Nursing and Care said: “The Patricia Morley Award panel, which included Andrew Gilbert, Nephew of Patricia Morley, felt that Jan’s initiative was an excellent idea. It enforces the importance of the hospice working in partnership with hospitals to ensure that no matter where people are cared for at the end of life, they can receive the care and comfort they need.”

Little things can make such a difference.

The Pilgrims Hospices Patricia Morley Award was launched thanks to a legacy donation from the family of past Kent and Canterbury Senior Matron and Pilgrims trustee Patricia Morley. It is given to celebrate excellence in the end of life care in east Kent.

Patricia Morley was the incomparable and inimitable face of nursing at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital for many years. Both as a ward sister and Senior Nursing Officer she was the consummate professional who stilled and demanded the highest standards of care from her staff.

In her voluntary role as a long standing Trustee of Pilgrims Hospices, her support and wise counsel was invaluable. The organisation owes much to her dedication, loyalty, generosity and determination to ensure the continuation of excellent nursing within the profession she loves, and to which she have so much.

Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people coping with a life limiting illness and their families. The charity offers a range of services: from end of life care given on its wards, to its new Wellbeing and Social Programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.










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