National honour for St Luke's Hospice

St Luke’s Hospice in Basildon has won a national award for Innovation in Care.

The hospice has been recognised in the Hospice UK Awards which celebrate the innovative work and people in hospices across the UK.

The Living with Advanced Liver Disease Project was selected as a category winner. Currently people with advanced liver disease (ALD) have limited access to palliative care, so St Luke's Hospice teamed up with Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals' (BTUH) Liver Team to tackle this.

Together they developed an easily accessible shared care pathway for people with ALD at all stages of their condition, and including those identified as potential transplant candidates.

Twenty-nine patients have been registered on the project to date, many with complex and previously unmet needs.

Early indications show improvements in patients’ symptoms and overall quality of life. With the support of the hospice, three patients have improved enough for them to be recommended for transplant and the project has also significantly helped reduce hospital admissions and GP visits.

Basildon and Brentwood CCG would like to congratulate St Luke’s Hospice and the BTUH Liver Team on their achievement. The Hospice UK Awards are supported by the National Gardens Scheme.

You can follow the Living with Advanced Liver Disease project on Twitter

Read the press release from St Luke's Hospice in which Advanced Liver Disease patient John Moore shares his experience.

Date: 1 March 2017

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