THE work of the Midhurst Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Service has inspired projects around the country.
Based at The Pearson Unit at the Midhurst Community Hospital in Easebourne, the service is regarded as a pioneer in its field and will be replicated in six other sites across the country under the badge of the Macmillan Specialist Care at Home.
The charity is partnering with hospices and healthcare organisations to test how the Midhurst model can be adapted.
Joint service lead at the Midhurst service, Joanna Stuttaford, said: “We are proud our approach allows people a real choice in their treatment and care. It’s so exciting for our team to be able to share our learning for the benefit of people affected by cancer and other life limiting diseases elsewhere in the country. ”
Nicki Halt, 44, from Liphook, lost her mother, Jeanne, 70, to cancer and her family were supported by the Midhurst service.
“In the last month of Mummy’s life, the community nurses, Macmillan team and GP really worked together for her,” she said.
“I think our grieving process has been easier because she died at home, surrounded by her family.
“I can honestly say Mummy’s death was beautiful.
“The level of palliative care she received was amazing and I couldn’t speak more highly of the team.”