The Hospice of the Valleys provide specialist palliative care support within Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan. The multi-disciplinary team visit the hospital numerous times weekly to provide support to new patients referred by the hospital, transferred patients from acute hospitals, existing patients receiving in patient care, staff support and ongoing education.
Palliative care patients are able to receive the same access to the multi-disciplinary Hospice team whilst remaining as an inpatient and can be reviewed by a consultant, clinical nurse specialist, family support team, physiotherapist or complimentary therapist.
Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan staff are supported to provide palliative and terminal care to Hospice of the Valleys patients by offering ongoing advice as needed 24/7 outside of the usual ward visits and by offering education and training both on the ward and externally.
The Hospice of the Valleys are able to directly admit known patients into Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan from home if inpatient care is needed for symptom management and there are available beds, assessment of clinical needs or if the preferred place of death for a patient who is at end of life is hospital. Hospice staff work closely with the staff of Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan in the Cwtch unit to provide this care. Likewise if the patients preferred place of death is at home, the hospice work with the ward staff and medics to ensure a quick and safe transfer back to their chosen location.
Hospice staff also maintain links with family and carers whilst a patients are in hospital and can provide ongoing support with pre and post bereavement if required.
CWTCH is close partnership working that has been developed between Aneurin Bevin University Health Board (ABUHB) and Hospice of the Valleys
CWTCH offers patient choice and means people with a life limiting condition receive continuity of care with local access to holistic support including inpatient admission
The CWTCH approach means that in Blaenau Gwent, patients and their families who are living with a life-limiting condition:
- Are able to receive specialist palliative care, including inpatient admission, within their local area.
- Have continuity of care, with both Health Board and specialist hospice services, available in the community, as an inpatient or on an outpatient basis.
- Can expect to receive coordinated care and a seamless service, delivered through strong partnership and working between the Health Board and the hospice.
- Have access to the holistic care (physical, emotional, social and spiritual) that is patient-centred and responsive to patient need