Specialist nursing charities have come together with the NHS to provide a new palliative and end-of-life care service for patients in West Lothian.
Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Lothian described their partnership on specialist palliative care services in West Lothian as “ground-breaking”.
“We are committed to providing the best possible range of palliative care services for people in Lothian who are living with cancer”
It is the first time the three organisations have come together in Scotland to provide services for patients with any advanced, progressive and incurable illness, and support for families.
The West Lothian Palliative Care Service, based at the newly refurbished Macmillan Centre at St John’s Hospital in Livingston, was officially launched on 30 July.
It offers patients and their carers a range of free services based around specialist support and advice – whether in hospital, in their own home, in a community hospital or in a care home.
Community services began at the end of July, while day and outpatient services started at the beginning of August.
Nichola Summers, Marie Curie’s divisional general manager for Scotland said the new service enabled patients to spend as much time as possible at home.
“Bringing professionals together in much closer working partnerships than ever before, it will ensure that care is individual to the patient and their family,” she said.
Gill Cottrell, chief nurse of West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership, added: “We are committed to providing the best possible range of palliative care services for people in Lothian who are living with cancer, or other progressive illnesses, and that is why we are working with Macmillan and Marie Curie to create this rounded service.”