Nightingale House is a charity that is close to many hearts in the community of Wrexham having offered solace and comfort to those who need it, at times of great distress and pain.
The hospice was built in 1995 as a provider offering a range of end of life care services and facilities. At the time of opening, the facilities and services available were first class and exceeded the needs of patients and their families. As the years have passed, the services offered at the hospice have transformed with the facility now offering unique daycare, rehabilitation and out-patient services to those across the catchment area as well as inpatient palliative care. To keep up with the changing and progressive requirements of peoples needs, the hospice is undergoing ‘modernisation’. Nightingale House Hospice are independent and rely purely on funding and donations to run and make any developments, so as a corporate sponsor V4B are proud to know they are helping such a fantastic charity progress.
Recently, our Marketing Manager Alex visited the hospice to meet the people behind the outstanding care and learn more about the day to day running of the facility.
I visited the hospice on a bright Wednesday morning, and I must admit, I was a little nervous. A hospice is a dark place full of sadness, right? WRONG! Before I stepped into the building, I was greeted by a group of nurses, some ambulance medics and a beaming patient. They were working together to test out a gleaming new ambulance that had just been delivered and all seemed to be having fun in the sun doing so. As I made my way into the building there were families milling around the comfy seating areas enjoying hot drinks and some handsome looking scones that someone had very obviously freshly baked.
Immediately, I found myself thinking “this Is not what I expected at all”. Debbie Barton, Corporate Partnerships Manager then met me in reception to take me on a tour! It’s easy to miss the countless corridors, nooks, crannies and multiple treatment rooms as Nightingale House is front facing, so I was surprised as we went further and further into the building. We began by exploring the areas that are undergoing a complete over hall, everything had been stripped from the rooms and builders were already there making a start on the transformation. The rooms under construction will make up the “day centre”. The Nightingale House Hospice Day Centre offers lots of different treatments and activities for those in need of support, advice, or even just in need of a bit of company. We passed an art and music room where creative sessions are held, a lounge where people can relax and chat, a cute little cafeteria where breakfast and lunch are served to those visiting and even an aromatherapy room, a place for peace and meditation. I was surprised to see so many alternative treatment rooms and opportunity for activity as I wrongly assumed Nightingale House would purely consist of silent inpatient wards. Debbie talked me through the requirement for the day centre and explained that the goal is to support enablement, promote choice, independence, autonomy and dignity. This approach allows people with life-limiting or palliative conditions to live as independently as possible. There is even a drop-in session on Monday where multiple activities take place including;
• How to control breathlessness
• How to build up resilience
• Managing fatigue
• Keeping active
• How to relax and have a good night sleep
Alongside the drop-in session and activity rooms there are multiple other services offered such as;
• Gym sessions
• Pain management
• Manual handling advice
With so many great services available, it wasn’t a shock to hear that in 2017, 5203 sessions were carried out giving independence and dignity back, while helping people continue to live at home for as long as possible.
After exploring the daycentre to-be and the working daycentre, we headed into the ward. We spent time with the nurses who deliver constant round the clock care to those admitted and the level of dedication and care was obvious. The ward itself was bright, open and welcoming. Each room was private with its own bathroom and doors into the garden, it was lovely to hear that on a nice day, the beds can even be wheeled outside so patients can spend time in the sun. Being in the ward and seeing the close relationship of the nurses and the sheer commitment to their patients really was a moving experience.
Following the tour, we headed to Caffi Cwtch for a coffee and obviously... a huge slab of home-made Victoria Sponge cake. It was great to see that most tables were reserved for lunch! The café is open to public and offers a selection of hot and cold foods and snacks. If you’re ever looking for somewhere quiet to relax, this is your place!
Visiting the hospice opened my eyes to the vast amount of care offered there and how very important it is to continue raising money to ensure this amazing worthwhile charity can continue to give.
Learn more about Nightingale House here: https://www.nightingalehouse.co.uk/