BMCF donation helps Hospice patients enjoy care from their own homes

Patients at South Bucks Hospice are beginning the New Year with new technology that will allow them to communicate from their own homes directly with health experts.

The Hospice was given a donation of £2,700 by the Buckinghamshire Masonic Centenary Fund (BMCF), to enable them to buy ten tablet computers and fund an ongoing programme of support over the internet.

“We are so grateful to Bucks Freemasons because this means our patients will be able to get the care and support they so badly need even if they cannot get in to see us at the Hospice for whatever reason,” said Hospice Chief Executive Jo Woolf.

“They will be able to communicate with nurses, therapists and physios from the comfort of their homes thanks to this telecare project. Although the internet has been with us for many years, this is still a major step forward in terms of hospice care."

South Bucks Hospice is currently trialling the scheme with a group of patients who will be ‘road testing’ the tablets during the early part of 2016. And the Hospice is also working in conjunction with the Centre of Excellence for Telehealth and Assisted Living at Bucks New University to set up the necessary protocols to ensure online safety and security.

Physiotherapist Charlotte Hopkins said: "It's so exciting to drive a project that supports rehabilitative palliative care. Our challenge for the new year is to make this really successful because it will ultimately help us to help more people, and will mean the patients will be able to seek our full support even if they cannot make it in to see us."

Steve Smirthwaite, from the BMCF, said: “We are delighted to help South Bucks Hospice with this important patient initiative.”