Isabel Hospice returns to Welwyn Garden City base

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 September 2017

The old QEII Hospital no longer towers over the Isabel Hospice In-Patient Unit, as shown in this picture.

The old QEII Hospital no longer towers over the Isabel Hospice In-Patient Unit, as shown in this picture.

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A hospice’s In-Patient Unit is returning to its Welwyn Garden City base following a 10-month relocation while demolition work took place around it.

Welwyn Garden City-based Isabel Hospice's Kirsty Hill, who is team leader. Welwyn Garden City-based Isabel Hospice's Kirsty Hill, who is team leader.

While the old QEII Hospital was being knocked down to make way for housing, Isabel Hospice’s In-Patient Unit had to move from its home in Howlands to Hatfield Nursing Home in Tamblin Way.

Hospice team leader Kirsty Hill said: “We are grateful to Hatfield Nursing Home for accommodating us in their Bluebell wing but it is good to be going home to our original premises.

“One thing that has really stood out is the way our new Virtual Hospice (enhanced hospice at home) service has worked so well for patients in partnership with our Hatfield In-Patient Unit during the last 10 months.

“It was something we introduced when we moved from Howlands as we had less beds at Hatfield.

“Virtual Hospice patients receive up to four visits a day at home from Isabel Hospice nurses.

“We support them with short visits for urgent symptom control and work alongside district nurses.

“They are also seen by one of our doctors and are visited by our physiotherapist or occupational therapist.

“Complementary therapists also visit if the patient requires it.

“We intend to continue this way of working as we move back to WGC.”

Kirsty starting working at Isabel Hospice after having previously worked as a deputy manager in a care home, leading the palliative care unit.

She said: “That is where my passion for palliative care started.

“The thing I enjoy most about my job is giving patients control of the time they have.

“People think a hospice is somewhere people go to die, but it is so much more than that.

“In fact, 30 per cent of our patients actually go home from our unit.”

Isabel Hospice is welcoming the local community to the Isabel Hospice Open House, on Saturday, September 23, at the Howlands site, between 3pm and 5pm where there will be activities, music and a chance to look around the building before the patients are admitted later in the week.

The hospice asks people to car share where possible as parking is limited.

For further details of Isabel Hospice events call 01707 382500 or visit the Isabel Hospice website at www.isabelhospice.org.uk

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