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Hospice reels in funds from Rotary

RESOURCEFUL Rotarian Robin Scott made a rod for his own back when he delivered his club’s latest donation to the Macmillan Hospice in Christchurch, Dorset.

Reluctant to hand over the money by hand due to COVID restrictions, the President of Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary devised his own delivery method, using a giant cheque and a fishing rod.

Robin explained: “In normal times, we present our donations to the Macmillan Unit as a group with celebratory photographs and a party atmosphere. We have a fantastic relationship with the Trust Secretary Neal and the whole team, and it’s always something to enjoy.”

“Unfortunately, get-togethers aren’t safe at the moment. But we are a resourceful bunch and thought we would make sure the money got here, where it is needed, safely – but with a hint of fun.”

Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary is a long-term supporter of Macmillan Caring Locally. Rotarians meet weekly to socialise, plan money-raising events and consider how best to benefit the local community. Its most well-known fundraising event is the annual Tree of Light Christmas Appeal, in which people commemorate loved ones through lights and messages on a Christmas tree. The event also features a carol service and a switching-on of the lights by the Mayor.

Robin said: “COVID also ruled out our traditional Tree of Light gathering last Christmas. But thanks to some technological wizardry, we were able to hold it online and were thrilled to raise £3000 for Macmillan, which we have added to from our charity fund and are delivering in the form of a £5000 cheque.”

“The charity has been hit hard by the pandemic, including its Brick by Brick appeal, which is fundraising to build a new, more modern hospice building. So, it gives us great satisfaction to know we are making a healthy donation to the appeal at this time.”

The cheque was ‘reeled in’ to Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally.

Neal said: “When the club said what they were planning, we all had a good laugh. They are a fun and deeply generous group of people, and we feel privileged to have had their backing over many years.”

“This donation perfectly sums up the strength of their devotion to the Mac Unit – as well as their great sense of humour. We would like to thank all the members for their outstanding support of our hospice.”

Robin added: “Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary is now very much looking forward to restrictions lifting so we can come together, stage some great events and raise even more money for this wonderful charity.”

Rotary is one of the world’s largest and most successful global membership and humanitarian service organisations, with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries.

Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary, based at Northwick House in Owls Road, Boscombe, is a regular benefactor to local school projects and global Rotary initiatives.

Along with their sister club, The Inner Wheel, it also funds two affordable residential properties for the elderly in Southbourne and Boscombe.

You can find out more about Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary here.

List of pharmacies 

 Pharmacy name and address

Phone Number

100 hour pharmacy

 Locality

Asda Pharmacy

St Pauls Road, Bournemouth,BH8 8DL

01202 298900

Yes

Bournemouth East

Castle Lane Pharmacy
482 Castle Lane West Bournemouth, BH8 9UD

01202 772110

Yes

Bournemouth West

Ferndown Pharmacy
487 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, BH22 9AG

01202 892666

Yes

East Dorset

Tesco Extra Pharmacy
Yarrow Road, Mannings Heath Poole, BH12 4NX

01202 457447 or 01202 367447

Yes

Parkstone

Asda Pharmacy
West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1JQ

01202 207000

Yes

Poole Central

Equipment – www.redcross.org.uk Is useful for wheelchairs and other equipment

Guide for people nearing end stage of life : https://intranet.rbch.nhs.uk/uploads/palliative/documents/What-to-Expect.pdf

Brief Drugs List for GPs

 

Pain/breathlessness:

Morphine sulphate 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative if taking PO or eGFR<30 – Oxycodone 1 – 2.5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection))

[Please take background opioid into account when prescribing doses for anticipatories]

Anxiety/distress:

Midazolam 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 2ml injection)

Secretions:

Glycopyrronium 200mcg SC PRN (600mcg in 3ml injection)

(alternative for secretions: Hyoscine Butylbromide 20mg/ml injection)

Nausea :

Levomepromazine 6.25mg SC PRN (25mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative for nausea: Haloperidol 1.5mg SC PRN (5mg in 1ml injection)

Water for injection

Dexamethasone 3.3mg SC OD-BD (equivalent to 4mg PO) if risk of steroid withdrawal/Addisons during terminal phase.

Day/Time Example Timetable
Monday - AM

9am MMU Ward Hand over; 9:30am Tour of MMU

10m Consultant Ward Round, MMU

Monday - PM

12pm Ward Nurses - syringe driver administration (treatment room)

1:30 Nursing Handover – MMU (ward office)

MMU – Admission Assessment(s) with ward doctor

Tuesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Community visiting with Specialist Nurse

Tuesday - PM

12:30 Journal Club – MMU (doctors office)

2pm Introduction to Patient and Family Support Team

3pm Introduction to Welfare and benefits Advisor

Wednesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Consultant ward round - MMU

Wednesday - PM

2pm Doctor/Nurse Home Visit with Specialty Doctor

Thursday - AM

9:15am Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting on MMU

Thursday - PM

2pm Introduction to Palliative Rehabilitation with Physiotherapist

3pm Introduction to Complex Discharge Planning in terminal illness

Friday - AM

Hospital Palliative Care Team Ward Visits

Friday - PM

2pm Introduction to Personalised Care Plan for the Last Days of Life with End of Life Care Nurse

4pm Debrief / sign off