St Wilfrid’s Hospice

We are occasionally asked to clarify the different roles of Macmillan and the St. Wilfrid’s Hospice here in the Chichester area and Dame Jenny Wilson-Barnett has kindly provided this helpful explanation:

“Some years ago, the range of responsibilities and cooperation between the Hospice, the Macmillan team and the NHS were agreed.

The Macmillan team here in Chichester are based at St Richards and work with consultants to support and care for patients coping with new or recurrent diagnoses of cancer. There are twelve nurses and several care assistants among this group. Two palliative care specialists help with symptom control for in-patients.

Although Macmillan staff sometimes make home visits to ensure continuity and transfer to the Hospice at Home team, (which is partially funded by the NHS), they tend to work mainly in the hospital. The Hospice at Home staff then continue to provide care at home for those who are near the end of life.

This arrangement varies in different parts of Sussex and the country as a whole.”