Weldmar takes tea at Number 10

Weldmar takes tea at Number 10

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:34am 14th August 2019.

Representatives from Weldmar Hospicecare were invited to afternoon tea with the Prime Minster, Boris Johnson, at 10 Downing Street this week.

Fundraiser Alaine Harman, Community Nurse Selina Miles, Director of Nursing Caroline Sweetland, CEO Caroline Hamblett, and Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Lead Clare Bradbury received the surprise call on Friday, following a nomination from a relative of a patient.

Weldmar was one of eight hospices from across the country to get the invitation.

Mr Johnson and Tracey Crouch MP hosted the reception, with tea in the Terracotta State Drawing Room, to thank hospices for their hard work and dedication.

Caroline Sweetland said:

"We were able to raise concerns about the future of hospice care.

"That included funding, more sustainable working models, and improved partnerships with the NHS.  It was also a good opportunity to network with other the hospices and find out what challenges they are facing.

"Those we spoke to seemed very aware of the challenges in recruiting enough specialist palliative care staff, and we've been working very hard at Weldmar to make sure we're able to recruit and retain those staff, so it was good to talk about those issues".

weldmar at downing street

Caroline Hamblett added;

"It was a really wonderful opportunity to meet the new Prime Minister with staff from Weldmar, and talk about the issues that are facing us.  And that is continuing the care that we give in Dorset, in the community, in patients homes, and in our in-patient unit.  We talked about how we sustain that, and continue to get the support from the people of Dorset"

"It's very important that we use our money wisely, and it was reassuring to talk to the Prime Minster about how hospices are seen as key in the delivery of end of life care in Dorset".