Lawrence Home Nursing Team:
In May 1999 an open meeting was held with a view to setting up a home nursing service for terminally ill patients. In May this year the team celebrated its fifteenth birthday! The LHNT is now well established and has provided care to over 560 patients enabling many of them to die at home. This has involved over 3000 visits covering 16,000 hours of nursing. The LHNT has a team of 18 experienced registered nurses.
We receive very positive feedback : ' We would not have been able to keep him at home if you were not able to find the wonderfully calm and helpful band of nurses’; ‘Thank you for the loving care you gave to Mum in her last few days. For me you were a godsend, enabling me to not have to worry through the nights’; ‘Dr Lawrence has left a wonderful gift for everyone in the area’.
The Lawrence Home Nursing Team cares for terminally ill patients in their homes. It was established in memory of Dr Martin Lawrence, who was a GP in Chipping Norton for 25 years and was himself diagnosed with a terminal illness. During the last few weeks of his life he was cared for at home with extensive nursing and medical support. It was his wish that other patients choosing to remain at home would have the benefit of this type of support to complement existing services.
The Lawrence Home Nursing Team aims to provide skilled care and support to the terminally ill who wish to remain at home and is available to anyone living in Chipping Norton and the surrounding area.
We work in close partnership with patients, their families, GPs, Community Nurses, Community Hospitals, Hospices, the Marie Curie and Macmillan nursing services.
Lawrence Home Nursing Team provides palliative care through its team of professional nurses, specifically trained in this area of medicine.
Palliative care is the active, total care of patients whose illness no longer responds to curative treatment and who wish to have the best quality of life for themselves and their families.
If a patient chooses to remain in their own home during a terminal illness we will provide the specialist care, focusing on pain control and alleviating symptoms associated with terminal illness. Our aim is to ease suffering and enhance the quality of life, both for the patient and their family.
Dr Jonathan Moore, Chairman of LHNT comments:
"I become increasingly aware of the vast number of people that contribute to the LHNT; each one in their own way is vital to our existence and continued success".
David Cameron - LHNT's Patron:
"Sometimes I point to West Oxfordshire as a classic place where people are already involved in what I call the 'Big Society' - where many people do so much to help each other in the community. Lawrence Home Nursing Team is a prime example of such an organisation and as their Patron I know just how important this charity is to our community."
What it is like to be a LHNT nurse:
Read Carol Smallshaw's story about what it is like to be a nurse on the Lawrence Home Nursing team - it is a very interesting and moving piece which she read at this year's AGM
Click here to read Carol's story
Above: Chairman Dr Jonathan Moore and Registered Manager Jenny Nolan receiving a cheque at the Cotswolds Golf Club, Chipping Norton. The LHNT was chosen as the club charity by the men’s and ladies’ captains.
"The LHNT is a wonderful organization, and we are very fortunate to have this facility in our area."
"Thank you very much for the nursing you were able to give my mother through the last few days of her illness. Without you, we would not have been able to have her at home with us. We were very pleased with the attention we received."
"With the minimum of fuss my husband received the attention he needed and was able to stay in his own home as he had always wanted. Very grateful for all the help I got from the whole team."
"Your compassion, kindness, professionalism and care is outstanding. Not only the attention you gave to my father during his final days, but also the support and compassion extended to my mother, my sister and myself."
"Your help was invaluable during those last days of illness, and enabled me to care for him (son) at home for as long as possible. It is wonderful to have such a supportive team of nurses in Chipping Norton. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
"You managed the horror of what was happening to us and nursed us all in the most wonderful way, becoming part of our close family. With consummate skill you dealt with and eased our tears and fears. I feel sorry for any family going through this without you."