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Hospice launch project to help homeless in Havering access end of life care

Ann Dalgliesh is leading the project (credit: Saint Francis Hospice)

A project to help homeless residents in Havering access end of life care has been launched by Saint Francis Hospice.

The Havering based hospice is running the 18-month project which will help those experiencing homelessness access healthcare services more easily.

During the first half of the project, focus will be on developing strong relationships with agencies working with homeless people in Havering, to make it easier for them to be referred to the Hospice.

For the last nine months, the project will concentrate on the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge.

Ann Dalgliesh, who’s a Senior Nurse at the Hospice, is leading the project.

The Senior Nurse will be working with local hostels, healthcare organisations, as well as the family and friends of homeless people, so they have a better understanding of why end of life care is so important.

She will also educate them on how the Hospice can make a difference to their lives.

“As well as suffering from poorer physical and mental health and being at risk of long-term health problems, health services are also difficult to access without a fixed address,” said Ann.

“Having worked as a nurse in the community for many years, I have come across many people living in this situation.

“I will be providing onsite support for staff at local hostels and family members.

“I will also be reaching out to people who may be rough sleeping at a family or friend’s house and engaging them so they can access the healthcare services they need more easily.”

Service Development Manager, Jan Scott said: “Saint Francis Hospice welcomes the opportunity to support a project that will give our homeless communities the opportunity to access their palliative care with us. 

“We are working hard to ensure our services are inclusive and diverse for everyone who needs our care and support their families too”

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