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Hospice in the Home: Nicky Holland

I just love being able to support people in their homes who may feel abandoned once they're told there's no further treatment. People often don't know where to go next, don't know who to ask for help.

Building up a really good therapeutic relationship with patients and their families is important because ultimately you're in their home and for them to let you in their home is a privilege and for them to welcome us back and continue to let us into their home to support them, means we’re doing something right and it means they trust us as nurses.

I love being a St Helena Hospice nurse because when we get it right, people have a really good death and families can manage their bereavement much better if it's ended as well as it could. 

I always remember an elderly couple I went to see who had been married for 65 years, and the wife played music her husband liked and lay with him cuddling him while he died. That always sticks with me because I just think isn't that how we'd all like to go?

Image: Nurse Nicky

I get to meet so many different people from different backgrounds, different upbringings, different social circumstances, different family lives. I love being able to help people where perhaps they don't access health services as much as someone in a more affluent area may do.

Tendring is such a diverse area and I’m welcomed with open arms, and I feel part of the community. And that's a very nice feeling.  

Nicky Holland, clinical nurse specialist and a non medical prescriber

Image: Nurse Nicky
Image: Nurse Nicky

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