Cornwall LivingIssue #93
Twenty beds in 2020
Cornwall Hospice Care announces plans for a further increase in the number of beds open at its two Cornish hospices.
As Cornwall Hospice Care prepares to mark 40 years of providing specialist care to terminally ill adults in Cornwall, up to ten beds will soon be open at both Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell, and at St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle. It follows a determined period of investment for the charity’s Board of Trustees, who have concentrated on the recruitment of more nursing staff.
“We have a commitment to support people in the place of their choice”
“Recruitment of staff has been a constant challenge right across the healthcare sector in recent times,” says the charity’s Chair, David Renwick, “but here at Cornwall Hospice Care we have addressed this by investing in our existing team and recruiting more, equally well-qualified people to help us expand our services for those living with terminal illnesses in the county. I won’t pretend this isn’t a huge challenge, but we’ve been providing a service free of charge for 40 years now and we want to make sure we are here for the next 40 years, at least.”
Cornwall Hospice Care’s Chief Executive, Paul Brinsley, elaborates. “As we head into our 40th anniversary year, it’s an accolade to the determination of our staff, volunteers and supporters that we are able to share news of more beds opening. In the last three months we’ve developed substantially; first we announced nine beds at each hospice, and now we can confirm we intend to open ten at each unit!
“The needs of our patients are always changing and the requirement for our specialist services is growing,” Paul continues. “We have a commitment to support people in the place of their choice and so we must ensure there are beds available at our hospices and support services that are easily accessible in local communities.” Paul explains that the charity’s values reflect the work the teams do to provide care, including collaborations with a range of healthcare providers and other charities, including Cruse Bereavement Care, to meet the challenges.
“We now need to work together with our supporters to ensure than in our 40th year, we celebrate these developments and build on them so terminally ill patients can continue to rely on our services,” finishes David. “Watch out for a full calendar of events during spring 2020, and thank you in advance for your support. Together, we can make a very special difference.”
Cornwall Hospice Care
“We have a commitment to support people in the place of their choice"