12 February 2016

Outpatient clinics at Grove House

nurse clinicRennie Grove Hospice Care offers two outpatient clinics at Grove House, where patients diagnosed with a life-limiting illness can have an hour-long appointment with a specialist nurse or a palliative care doctor.

Nurse Clinic runs every weekday at Grove House with appointments available from 9am till 3:30pm.  Patients can raise any questions or concerns with the specialist nurse, who will undertake a full assessment to identify their specific needs.  The Medical Clinic runs weekly on a Wednesday morning, offering one-hour appointment slots with a palliative care doctor.  Both clinics provide advice for patients on medication and symptom control, coping strategies such as fatigue management as well as sign-posting to other services relevant to the patient’s needs.

Specialist nurse, Joan Follett, Nursing Services Manager for Rennie Grove, runs the Nurse Clinics.  “When you’re diagnosed with cancer or another life-limiting condition, you’re likely to have lots of questions that might only come to you after your initial NHS appointment.  It can be difficult to arrange a further opportunity to talk things through and almost impossible for NHS colleagues to dedicate a whole hour to any follow-up appointment.

“Rennie Grove is fortunate to be able to offer patients this hour-long opportunity to talk through their concerns as soon as they want to.  Patients can come and see us at Grove House right from the point of diagnosis and we can usually arrange for them to see a specialist nurse later the same week – sometimes even the following day.  For patients with more complex clinical needs, the weekly opportunity to meet the palliative care doctor can be a life-line.  Having immediate access to healthcare professionals in outpatient clinics can not only help to prevent unnecessary and distressing hospital admissions but also empower patients to live well with their condition, at home, surrounded by the people and things they love.”

Any healthcare professional can refer a patient to Rennie Grove’s outpatient clinics – or patients can self-refer.  The easiest way to do this is to attend the charity’s Drop-in Session at Grove House on a Tuesday between 9am and 1pm, or call the clinical team at the charity on 01727 731013.  Rennie Grove’s volunteer drivers can provide transport for patients to and from the outpatient clinics, and family members are welcome to accompany patients.