Charity cash boost for district nurses

Pictured are, from left, Beverley Boler (District Nurse), Kaye Wiseman and Moira Nicoll (Convenor Lippen Care Forfar).

Pictured are, from left, Beverley Boler (District Nurse), Kaye Wiseman and Moira Nicoll (Convenor Lippen Care Forfar).

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Angus District Nursing Service received a welcome early Christmas present, in the shape of a £3,500 donation.

Charity Lippen Care donated the money, which will be used to purchase four syringe pumps.

The pumps enable medicines to be given under the skin and are often used to provide relief from symptoms in cancer care or palliative care.

Small, lightweight and battery-operated the portable pump gives medication slowly and steadily over a period of 24 hours. These pumps are used both in hospital and at home where a community nurse visits daily to change the medicine.

It provides a safe, reliable way to make sure the person gets the medication they need and can really help improve quality of life by making sure that symptoms are well-controlled, particularly if someone has nausea or swallowing difficulties. If people are up and about, the pump can be carried in a small holster.

Kaye Wiseman, clinical team manager of Community Nursing Services in Angus said, “I would like to extend a huge thank you to Lippen Care for this generous donation.

“This will make such a difference to so many patients in Angus, giving community nurses easier access to providing symptom control for patients at home.”