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Visit from Dr Fran Woodard, Director for England Macmillan, Policy and Research.

Dr Fran Woodhard and Mac Team


 Dr Fran Woodhard and Mac Team

 The Community Macmillan Palliative Support Team (formerly the Community Macmillan Carers) received a visit from Dr Fran Woodard, Director for England Macmillan, Policy and Research.  The team, led by Rachel Hurst, Macmillan Nurse/Manager, gave a presentation on their role in the delivery of palliative care within the community.

Care is provided for adults with an advanced, progressive or incurable illness who wish to receive care at home and the service is designed to give minimum interruption to family and home life whilst giving holistic end of life support as part of a multidisciplinary team. 

Commenting on the visit, Dr Woodard said, "We came away from our visit really inspired and motivated.  The power of focussing so strongly on the patient's quality of life was amazing.  Also the degree of integration with other services rare, but a key to the success.  The individual and collective passion we saw from the team was humbling and the strength and mutual support within it was evident"

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital