Over a number of years the generosity of Great Yarmouth and Waveney people enabled the Trust and its Palliative Care East charity appeal to build and open the Louise Hamilton Centre. The Centre was developed to provide care and information services for those affected by a life limiting illness and is a fantastic, well used resource for local people.
As a Trust we always put our patients at the heart of everything we do and their needs underpin our decision making. A number of factors have led to us reviewing how the Centre runs:
• Further enhancement of integrated working is being developed across the Norfolk and Waveney health and care partnership as we focus on the priorities set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.
• Moving Forward with Cancer was launched locally in April this year, at an event held at The Star Hotel in Great Yarmouth, to inspire local people who have been affected by cancer to get the information and support they need to plan their lives for the future. This is also fully aligned to the NHS Long Term Plan.
• From 1 April 2019 the commissioning of Specialist Palliative Care services changed.
As a result of these developments we have an exciting opportunity to review the services currently provided from the Louise Hamilton Centre and enhance these with support from local and national partners. We are in discussion with both local and national third sector/ charitable organisations to identify opportunities for providing even more services for local people with cancer and other life-changing and life-limiting conditions. We are committed to securing the long term future of the Louise Hamilton Centre for the people of Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
Julia Hunt, Director of Nursing, said "This is a time for immense change in service delivery for patients who have cancer and we have a vision to use the Centre in a different way. The Living With and Beyond Cancer programme is part of cancer care transformation, both at the hospital and in our wider healthcare system in Norfolk and Waveney. It means working collaboratively within the NHS and with all our partners to improve cancer services. It recognises that more people than ever are surviving after a cancer diagnosis - but the impact of the disease does not suddenly stop when treatment ends. This initiative aims to provide the patients in our community with support and assist them back to their ‘new normal’ lives after cancer treatments.”