Thursday 27 June 2013 - End of Life Equipment Project
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Thanks to an incredible donation of £50,000 from the Ty Bryngwyn Hospice Trust Fund-Raisers, a new project was launched in Llanelli today by staff from Hywel Dda Health Board and Carmarthenshire County Council.

This project will enable more patients with advanced and incurable illness to be cared for in their own home in their last phase of life.  The majority of patients receiving end of life care wish to spend their time supported by family and friends in familiar surroundings.  The aim of this project is to provide equipment rapidly enabling professionals to provide the appropriate care needed.

Linda Williams, County Director of Carmarthenshire at Hywel Dda Health Board, thanked the committee for their dedication and support:

Living with a terminal illness is an exceptionally emotional and stressful experience for a patient and also their family and friends.

This project, and the equipment that will be purchased from the wonderful donation from the Ty Bryngwyn Hospice Committee, will make sure that more people can be cared for according to their wishes, at home and with the support they need.

On behalf of the health board I'd like to extend my gratitude to the hospice committee for the wonderful donation made today that will allow this project to benefit so many.

Dr John S Lewis, Chairman, Ty Bryngwyn Hospice Trust said:

The Trustees of Ty Bryngwyn Hospice are very pleased to be able to make this important contribution to palliative care.

Such a contribution would not be possible without the efforts of the fundraising committee of Ty Bryngwyn and the continued support of the people of Llanelli and surrounding areas.

Carmarthenshire County Council's Executive Board Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Jane Tremlett, said:

This service is a real success, and is not only making a difference to the people it serves, but also to the health and social care staff who need to access equipment.

The health board is committed to supporting patients who may be approaching the end of their life in making advance decisions about the care they do or do not want to receive. For more information available to patients, loved ones and staff please visit End of Life Care

People in photo:

L-R Top Row: Jan Morgan & Brian Gould (Ty Bryngwyn Hospice Committee), Sharon Downing (Community Nurse) Anne Samuel (Palliative Care Manager), Dr John S Lewis(Chairman, Ty Bryngwyn Hospice Trust)

2nd Row: Sue Thomas (SecretaryTy Bryngwyn Hospice Committee) , Sheila Porter (Head of Integrated Services CCC and Hywel Dda Trust)

3rd Row: Andrew Stephens (Vice Chairman Ty Bryngwyn Hospice Committee) Ruth Keil (Community Services Nurse Manager) Jackie Young (Clinical Nurse Specialist), Paul Faulkner (Manager, Carmarthenshire Integrated Community Equipment Store)

Source: Hywel Dda Health Board