New laptops for hospice at home nurses

Hospice at home nurses with one of the new laptops
Hospice at home nurses with one of the new laptops

Rennie Grove hospice at home nurses now have new laptops and laptop bags, thanks to generous donations from supporters.

The laptops will help the charity meet the increasing demand for its 24/7 responsive nursing service in patients’ homes.

Now all 70 of the charity’s hospice at home nurses are able to view and update patient records securely without having to return to an office or log on from home.

The new laptops and associated technology will also make it easier for Rennie Grove nurses to request changes to medication should a patient’s condition suddenly deteriorate.

Director of nursing Sue Varvel said: “We arrange for our patients to have ‘just in case’ medication in their homes for such an occurrence, but sometimes the prescribed dose is insufficient and a nurse will need to ring the patient’s GP or on-call doctor for permission to increase the dose.

“At times like this, speed is of the essence.

“If we can quickly bring a patient’s symptoms under control, we can avoid an unnecessary and distressing hospital admission.

“Our responsive service means we can get to the patient quickly but up till now our technology had been lagging behind.

“These donations have made such a difference.”