A Sue Ryder service giving South Oxfordshire people palliative care at home through the night is being extended, thanks to the support of Henley’s late Mayor, Tony Lane and his Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation.
Since Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub’s night service launched last summer following a first cash boost from the Henley-based charitable Foundation, Sue Ryder has delivered 1,310 hours of night-time care to local families, helping them remain at home and giving families greater flexibility and reassurance.
Following a second charitable donation from the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation, Sue Ryder is aiming increase the number of hours it can offer through the night, providing this much-needed support to more local people.
John’s wife, Beatrice*, received care from the service and he is pleased that more vital night-time support will be made available. He said, “In the last week or two of Beatrice’s life, I was getting up every two hours through the night to check on her and my son would help me, so we were getting very tired.
“It was at that point that we asked Sue Ryder if it was possible to have some support at night. On two very valuable nights I was able to sleep much more soundly knowing that someone was looking after Beatrice, and it gave us a chance to renew our energy.
“The Sue Ryder Nurse who came was very calm and pleasant, and you felt you could trust her. She said if I feel you need to be called, I will call you. It was very reassuring to have a professional in the house overnight who would know what to do whatever the circumstances.
“Beatrice wanted to be at home, and the help we had from Sue Ryder enabled us to keep her at home. I can still remember how relieved we were when the Sue Ryder team took over. It would definitely have been helpful to have that support for more nights.”
The Sue Ryder team works through the night between the hours of 10pm and 7am, giving their expert care so families can rest safe in the knowledge their loved one is being compassionately cared for.
Lynne Leach is one of the team providing the night care. She said, “People often say ‘I don’t know how you do your job’ and they can’t understand how I can just knock on someone’s door that I have never met before and stay there during the night for nine hours.
“But I am a people person and when you knock on the door and the family opens it, you see the relief in their faces. When the door opens for the first time and you are standing there, that’s when the care starts. It’s their turn to become a relative again. It’s time for us be the carers.”
“Doing this role, I can see how important it is for people to have this support. I love being part of the Sue Ryder night service in the community and I am thrilled that thanks to the continued support of the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation we can provide more of this vital care.”
Sylvia Thomas, Head of Quality and Clinical Services at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire, said: “At a time when the cost of delivering our care is increasing it is remarkable that we’re aiming to extend our service. We can only do this with the brilliant support of the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation and I want them to know just how much their continued support means to us, and the families we care for.”
Della Burnside, Trustee of the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation, said, “On behalf of the Anthony (Tony) Lane Foundation, we were pleased to support the Night Service provided by Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire. Sue Ryder nurses are doing a fantastic job in providing palliative care for patients and essential respite for their families. We are very pleased that the Foundation could play its part in this important initiative.”
* name changed for confidentiality