Marie Curie launches new out-of-hours nursing service

THE Marie Curie Nursing Service, in partnership with NHS Grampian, is launching a new out of hours nursing service for Aberdeenshire and Moray to deliver nursing care for patients in their own homes.

From April 4, the Out of Hours Nursing Service for Aberdeenshire and Moray will deliver high quality nursing care to meet the needs of patients requiring short periods of care.

The service is primarily aimed at supporting patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses who wish to be cared for and to die at home.

Last year, nearly six in ten palliative care patients in NHS Grampian died in hospital, and only a quarter died at home. As part of the partnership arrangement with NHS Grampian, the service will also visit patients who require short nursing visits out of hours but do not have a life limiting illness.

The Marie Curie team will work alongside the out of hours doctors and nurse practitioners to provide a skilled team of professionals with comprehensive knowledge and experience of delivering care at home.

Operating from 8pm to 8am, the service will be the first point of contact for patients with end of life care needs during these hours. It is available to any patient registered with a General Practitioner in Aberdeenshire and Moray and can be accessed through NHS 24.

Grampian Out of Hours will co-ordinate all the calls for this new service and allocate nurses to patients.

Given the severity of recent weather conditions, which have restricted access to many areas of the North East of Scotland, the out of hours team will also be equipped with three four-wheel drive vehicles, fitted with state of the art technology and equipment, provided by the local NHS Community Health Partnerships.

These vehicles will be used during the day by the District Nursing Teams and by the Out of Hours Service overnight.

Liz Taylor, lead nurse for Aberdeenshire CHP, said: “We have a well developed working relationship with Marie Curie and have valued their contribution to the development of this service.

“I am confident Marie Curie will be able to provide a more sustainable, equitable nursing service for our patients who require care overnight.

“Our district nursing teams will work very closely with the G Med out-of-hours service so that patients receive the care they need.”