18 April 2016

Hemel Lions donate nursing equipment and funds

Hemel LionsRennie Grove Hospice Care is set to benefit from a generous donation of crucial equipment as well as vital funds towards its 24/7 responsive service in patients’ homes.

The Hemel Lions Club is providing the charity with eight blood sugar monitors, simple but essential pieces of kit that Rennie Grove’s Hospice at Home nurses need to monitor and assess a patient’s condition.

Rennie Grove Director of Nursing and Clinical Services, Sue Varvel, explains: “A blood glucose monitor is a crucial tool to identify elevated blood sugar levels. Detected early, this can be easily resolved, but without intervention it could result in organ damage, dehydration and could even prove fatal. A blood glucose monitor could prove to be a life-saver, especially for patients taking high-dose steroid medication who are at greater risk of raised blood sugar levels.

“Many of our patients have a terminal prognosis but with the aid of equipment like this we can make regular health checks to pre-empt complications, prevent hospital admissions and help to ensure a patient can remain comfortable and in their own home,” added Sue. 

Terry Allen, of Hemel Lions, explained how the Club responded to an appeal sent by the charity’s fundraising team: “We saw the list of items which would make life a little easier for the patients and staff and decided, due to the Lions’ long-standing connections with diabetes, to donate the monitors, in addition to a £500 monetary donation. We at Hemel Hempstead Lions have a long history in helping Rennie Grove and are happy to do so once again.”

The Club is also donating £500, which could fund a whole day of round-the-clock, 24-hour responsive care in patients’ homes.

Find out more about the 24-hour responsive Hospice at Home care that our nurses provide to ​local patients