Welwyn Garden City-based charity trumpets ‘fantastically positive step’

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 March 2017

Elizabeth Paske, Isabel Hospice's director of clinical services.

Elizabeth Paske, Isabel Hospice's director of clinical services.

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A Welwyn Garden City-based charity has revealed patient numbers have risen 35 per cent, despite the hospice being forced to temporarily relocate.

Isabel Hospice, which provides support for adults with life-limiting illnesses, has relocated its In-Patient Unit while demolition of the old QEII Hospital takes place.

However, the hospice’s director of clinical services, Elizabeth Paske, revealed the enhanced Hospice at Home service has since proved successful since its introduction in November.

She said: “We have five beds at our Hatfield In-Patient Unit, as opposed to 12 at our Howlands site, but our enhanced Hospice at Home service has enabled us to care for more patients than before our re-location.

“We’ve also supported 35 per cent more people across these 2 services over the last five months.”

Elizabeth said that feedback had been extremely positive, with patients receiving four visits each day from Isabel Hospice nurses, along with regular meetings with doctors, physios and occupational therapists.

“We see this as a fantastically positive step forwards in Hospice care,” she added.

“We are currently finalising the redecoration and maintenance works at our In-Patient Unit, which will be carried out before we move back into our Howlands site in the summer.”

Interim chief executive Helen Glenister last week dispelled rumours of a permanent move away from WGC, confirming it intended to remain in Howlands.


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