League of Friends of Fairford Hospital
(Registered Charity No: 1006416)
At a time when authorities throughout the country are facing the prospect of a breakdown in their community care, Fairford Hospital League of Friends has had some good news about its own home nursing service.
Friends in the Community Home Nursing, its organisation run by Celia Kennedy, has been given a good report by the national health watchdog the Care Quality Commission following an inspection of its palliative care service last summer.
The CQC rates the service safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.
The report draws attention to the fact that the team provides safe, effective care which enables patients to live in their own homes and comments: “People and their relatives praised the care they received… it was personalised to their needs, wishes and goals. People told us that they felt listened to.”
The report added that the League of Friends of Fairford Hospital has clearly identified a need for this service in their area. It went on: “Patients told us that the staff spent time with them and were rarely rushed.” The care given had a positive impact and the report went on to say: “People felt they were treated with dignity and respect. There was a caring culture.”
Said the League of Friends’ chairman, Graham Hewitt: “We are delighted that the work of our hard-working team has impressed the inspectors yet again. This is a difficult time for the UK’s care services and we are glad that our own work in this area passes muster with the nation’s experts.
He thanked Celia Kennedy for the leadership she has shown over the years.
“We are fortunate to have such excellent nurses and to live in this generous area which responds so freely whenever we ask for money. It is comforting to know the effort helps such a top-notch service as this.”
Graham can be contacted on 01285 851022 or graham.hewitt@yahoo.uk.
Contributed by Martin Harwood, 17 Churchill Place, Fairford. Phone 01285712597. Email martinharwood560@btinternet.com