Terminally ill man hails Exmouth and Lymstone Hospiscare

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 June 2017

Frances Longhurst of Exmouth & Lympstone Hospiscare. Ref exe 1979-06-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Frances Longhurst of Exmouth & Lympstone Hospiscare. Ref exe 1979-06-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife


A terminally ill man is backing the new Hospiscare@Home service, hailing the charity a ‘true gem’.

Keith Williamson and his wife Louise are keen to highlight how Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, at Highview Gardens, makes a difference to patients and their families. He also wants to show how the newly-launched 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year service being rolled out across the EX8 and EX9 areas will bring the expertise of the hospice into the home.

With the cost of running the charity in excess of £300,000 a year, every penny counts. The Journal is backing a campaign to raise funds for the new Hospiscare@Home service, launched on June 24, costing an additional £250,000 a year to run.

Keith learned first-hand of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare’s support and services when his dormant cancer returned and spread, then became terminal.

He said: “Louise and I feel that our experience and support from Exmouth and Lympstone Hospsicare is fairly typical of most of the patients and carers and we truly hope that the local community fully realise what a true gem of a charity we have at Highview Gardens.

“We are in awe at the all-round knowledge and professionalism of our clinical nurse specialist Lesley and the fantastic support and back-up of each and every member of the team. There is always someone to talk to should a problem arise.”

Hospiscare@Home’s specialist nursing will be provided by Hospiscare Exeter, Mid and East Devon. Salaries and other expenses will be jointly funded by Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare and Budleigh Salterton and District Hospiscare.Nurses will provide practical help and support for patients and carers to enable independence, maintain dignity and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

Hospiscare@Home nurses will be available for advice and home visits 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Exmouth and Lympstone Hospsicare chairman Frances Longhurst said: “This new team of nurses will enable more patients to remain at home during times of crisis and also at the very end of life if that is their wish.”

To make a donation, or for more information, visit or call www.exmouthhospiscare.org, 01395 279113, or www.hospiscarebudleigh.org, 01395 443629.

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