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Charity nurse to help Welsh children be cared for at home

The charity for sick children WellChild is funding a new post at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to provide a children’s nurse.

The post will help seriously ill children with complex health needs across South and Mid Wales to leave hospital and be treated at home.

Rhian Greenslade will be based in Cardiff as part of the Children’s Community Nursing Service.

She will arrange and coordinate the care needed for children to live at home as well as providing emotional and practical support.

WellChild’s pilot Children’s Nurse programme began in 2006, and the success of that pilot has resulted in the creation of permanent posts in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London and Oxford. A further nurse will be added to the team in Cumbria in 2009.

WellChild’s director of programmes Linda Partridge said: “I am delighted that we have now been able to extend that support into Wales.”

 

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