Hospice at Home nurses at Rennie Grove Hospice Care have a new set of wheels in which to make their patient visits.
The 2016-plate Nissan Note has been funded by various grant-making bodies and was supplied to Rennie Grove at a generously discounted price by the St Albans branch of car dealership Glyn Hopkin.
Judith Moore is Rennie Grove’s Head of Nursing and Clinical Services in Hertfordshire and also manages the overnight nursing team, which serves the charity’s whole catchment into parts of west Herts and south Bucks. She was thrilled with the new vehicle, saying:
“As more patients need our care, our hospice at home nurses are making more planned and unscheduled visits to their homes at any time of the day or night. It was becoming increasingly important for the charity to have the security of owning a reliable vehicle and we are delighted that support from our local community has brought this about.”
Rennie Grove’s hospice at home nurses travel nearly 450,000 miles each year and, historically, have used their own cars to make visits to patients’ homes. “We know the mileage is likely to increase,” said Judith, “and although the scale of the demand for hospice at home care means nurses will still have to use their own cars, it’s great that they’ll be putting fewer miles on their own vehicles now that we have the Nissan Note. It’s a perfect, manageable size for our nurses, ideal for the country lanes or city streets they need to negotiate at any time, whether that’s late at night or during rush hour.”
Chris Howells, Business Development Manager at the Glyn Hopkin dealership on Lyon Way, said: “It’s great to be able to support the Rennie Grove nurses’ vital work in the local community in this way. We know the car will be put to very good use helping local families affected by cancer and other life-limiting illness in their time of need.”
Rennie Grove operates a 24/7 responsive service, providing specialist care in patients’ homes at any time of the day or night, 365 days of the year. Managing symptoms as soon as they occur is a crucial part of giving patients the choice to remain at home rather than having to be admitted to hospital. “Having a reliable vehicle to get to patients quickly and safely enables our nurses to offer this choice,” adds Judith.