Rennie Grove Hospice Care has launched an appeal to fund an extra hospice at home nurse.
The charity is aiming to raise £36,000 this spring to cover the cost of a specialist nurse’s salary for a year.
Director of nursing services, Sue Varvel, said: “Our supporters do an amazing job funding the vast majority of our services.
“Thanks to their contributions, 70 specialist nurses have been able to provide care to an increasing number of patients in their own homes towards the end of their lives.
“However, the number of people in need of our care continues to rise at an alarming rate. We urgently need to recruit a new nurse so we can cope with this growing demand and prevent a waiting list situation.”
“An ageing population means that people are living longer, often with multiple life-limiting conditions. It is this pattern which has seen demand for Rennie Grove’s care increasing.
“In our line of work there is no time to wait. An immediate response is crucial if we are to help patients remain at home, surrounded by the people and things they love. If we can’t react straight away, it might be too late to prevent someone dying in hospital when they really want to be at home.
“If a patient is admitted to hospital and our nursing teams are unable to take any more referrals, it becomes increasingly unlikely that they will be able to get back home to their loved ones.”