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Marie Curie Cancer Care and NHS Lanarkshire agree biggest ever UK contract to provide more home care

8th May 2008

Marie Curie Cancer Care and NHS Lanarkshire have announced the agreement of the largest ever nursing contract in the charity's history.

Worth £544,000, almost doubling the figure from last year, this demonstrates the health board's strong partnership with Marie Curie and its ongoing commitment to offering the best possible care to end of life patients.

Marie Curie Cancer Care will provide equal funding, to bring the contract total to over £1 million. The nursing service will provide end of life care to patients, with cancer and other life limiting illnesses, to enable them to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.

This shows a strong shift towards care in the community as opposed to hospital settings.
The projected number of patients being cared for at home in Lanarkshire will increase from 308 to 510 in 2008/09, with an additional 15,000 hours of nursing care being provided in comparison to last year. This additional provision will be undertaken by around 75 nursing staff, working closely in partnership with GPs and District Nurses.

This service is heavily dependent on the strong working relationship with community District Nursing Teams in Lanarkshire, who have continually supported the development of the Marie Curie Nursing Service provision over the years. This complements existing services offered by NHS Lanarkshire to offer the best possible experience and care for end of life patients.

Traditionally Marie Curie nurses provided emotional and practical support to those alone at night. However, while overnight care is very important, a greater demand for day care provision has been recognised from patients and carers and the health board, GPs, District Nurses and Marie Curie are responding accordingly.

Maggie White, Marie Curie Cancer Care Caring Services Manager for Scotland commented: "We are absolutely delighted that NHS Lanarkshire is so committed to the services provided by Marie Curie Cancer Care and recognises its importance to the patients. We work closely with all our partners to constantly ensure that our end of life care is evolving and expanding.

By working together we want to ensure that everyone in Scotland has equal and easy access to the end of life care services that Marie Curie and our partners offer".

Frances Leckie, Associate Director of Nursing of Primary at NHS Lanarkshire said: "This announcement is great news for carers and patients in Lanarkshire. This is an excellent example of the ongoing partnership working between Marie Curie nurses and NHS Lanarkshire to deliver quality care and patient choice. We are seeing a shift of care from hospitals to the community. By working together and looking at new ways of providing services, we will achieve more flexible, timely palliative care delivered in the patient's preferred location.?

For more information about the services offered by Marie Curie Cancer Care please visit www.mariecurie.org.uk


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Article Information

Title: Marie Curie Cancer Care and NHS Lanarkshire agree biggest ever UK contract to provide more home care
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 6679
Date Added: 8th May 2008

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