Night-sitting service for end-of-life patients set to continue

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Patients coming to the end of their lives will continue to receive care from support staff overnight after health bosses agreed to fund the service.

South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed the night-sitting service for certain people who are terminally ill will continue after changing its provider.

Following the new contract, worth £67,500, the service will be run by All Hallows Healthcare Trust, which runs All Hallows Hospital in Ditchingham.

It was previously provided by the Marie Curie Nursing Service through Norfolk Community Health and Care.

A spokesman for Marie Curie said all affected staff had been offered alternative employment in other nursing services run by the charity in Norfolk.


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The CCG anticipates the service will reach out to around 15-20 patients per month, which it says is the same number as before the service was recommissioned.

Andrew Hayward, clinical lead for end-of-life care for the CCG, said: 'The CCG is pleased that the night sitting service will be provided by All Hallows – an experienced local provider of care and support for patients.

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'This is the latest development in providing an integrated approach to end-of-life care for people living in South Norfolk.'

The night-sitting service is designed to offer non-interventionist supportive help to end-of-life patients in the last weeks and months of their lives.

The service provides practical, emotional, and personal care to the patient, and allow family carers to rest during the night.

The new contract with All Hallows Healthcare Trust starts on October 1.

Howard Green, chief executive of the trust, said: 'All Hallows is extremely pleased to be able to extend its long-standing service providing end-of-life care to local people.'

The trust also runs daycare, homecare, meals on wheels, outpatient therapies, care for people with neurological disabilities and a nursing home.

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