Boston’s Butterfly Hospice is set to open its doors to patients for the first time – after the site became home to a team of Macmillan nurses.
The specialist community nurses were previously based at Pilgrim Hospital, but moved to the Rowan Way site on Monday,
It means the trust will now be able to offer patient services from its premises for the first time since it officially opened last year – a step which has been referred to as ‘significant progress’ for the charity.
Chief executive Judi Byrne said: “We are delighted that we are able to have the nurses working with us, and it means we can now continue with our work to open up the in-patient facility.”
The nurses will be offering specialist care and support to patients living at home and coping with a life-limiting illness.
This move means they will now have a dedicated facility from which to provide this care.
Natalie McKee, Licolnshire Community Healthmatron for planned care in this area, said: “Our Macmillan nurses currently work in a shared office and by moving into the Butterfly Hospice, they will have a dedicated, discrete facility, which will allow a greater number of patients to access the service.”
Plans are already underway for educational workshops on end of life care to take place at the venue early in the new year.
The workshops will be led by the nurses and linked to the University of Sheffield.
Support groups and focus groups have also been planned to help manage the service.