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Outreach nurses praised for work with children at home

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Two Outreach Children’s Nurses in Yorkshire have been praised for their efforts in setting up a schme that provides children with complex treatment at home.

Specialist nurses Mel Allanson and Helen Romans, of North East Yorkshire NHS Trust, have worked with hundreds of children, including some with terminal conditions.

The provision of medical care at home relieves the stress and discomfort, for both the child and their family, which a long term hospital stay can cause.

The value of their work has been recognised by the trust’s lead children’s nurse, Barbara Young: ‘Not only does this specialist service help release beds on the children’s ward for other patients; it makes it possible for many children to stay in the comfort of their own homes and close to their families.’

Owing to the success of the Outreach Nurses, discussions are now under way regarding the enhancement and extension of the scheme.

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