Cornwall Living 2018

An outstanding achievement

Cornwall Hospice Care celebrates a first-rate appraisal of St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle.

Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care is celebrating news of an ‘outstanding’ rating for one of its two hospices from the Care Quality Commission. The rating, which is the highest achievable, follows a recent inspection at
St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle.

“This is a well-deserved tribute to the whole team who’ve worked together to achieve this result,” says a delighted Paul Brinsley, Chief Executive. “The rating acknowledges the incredibly high levels of care given to our patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and also reflects the passion of our staff and volunteers.”

The news comes at a time when the teams at Cornwall Hospice Care are proving that the charity of today isn’t just about hospice buildings. “It’s so much more,” explains Dawn Tame-Battell, Director of Patient Services, “we’re about inspirational people who make a difference to our patients and their families in a range of ways.”

One of those inspirational people is
Dr Deborah Stevens, the charity’s Medical Director. “The cornerstone of what we do is of course the in-patient care,” explains Deborah, “but we achieve so much more by offering outpatient appointments, providing our experience and expertise alongside the medical teams at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske, supporting the community team and running education projects. We also operate a 24/7 advice line for other healthcare professionals.”

“Now we’re actively looking at how we can increase our input in to the community,” continues Deborah, “the acute beds will be there for the people who really need them, but we know there are particular groups of patients for whom the hospice
is really not the right environment and
we want to ensure people are getting the
right care at the right time and in the
right place.”

“We care for adults from the age of 18 onwards but this wouldn’t be possible without public support,” adds Dr Carolyn Campbell, Consultant in Palliative Care. “More than 80% of the money we need to do this comes from the people of Cornwall and we can’t say thank you enough for that. I, like all my fellow staff and volunteers, am indeed proud to say I am Cornwall Hospice Care.”


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