Two new nurse specialists have joined the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust to help improve care for patients with Parkinson’s disease.
The part-time posts have been funded by the charity Parkinson’s UK for the first two years, and will initially be held by Stacey Andrew and Samantha Moore.
They will help ensure patients with Parkinson’s are identified at the earliest opportunity after admission, and will then provide an outreach service to ensure they are receiving the right care.
“The trust is taking a significant step forward in improving care for this vulnerable group of patients”
Their role will also involve liaison with families, patients, nursing staff and community teams, as well as hospital wide education of the multi-disciplinary team and nursing staff on Parkinson’s disease.
Tracey Reeves, deputy chief nurse/midwife at the trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with Parkinson’s UK enhance in-patient care for those with Parkinson’s.
“Stacey and Samantha’s appointment at the RD&E will ensure that we are able to provide expert care for patients at the right time, wherever they are in the hospital,” she said.
Geoff King, influence and service development officer for Parkinson’s UK in the south west, said the charity was “very pleased” to be working in partnership with the trust.
“This is a complex and varied condition which often requires a range of different and time specific medications, presenting a major practical and awareness challenge to ward staff,” he said.
“By developing these specialist posts with initial funding from the charity, the trust is taking a significant step forward in improving care for this vulnerable group of patients,” he added.