• Orientation day helps nurse have insight into life at Pendleside

Orientation day helps nurse have insight into life at Pendleside

A nurse has praised Pendleside Hospice after getting a glimpse into life at the hospice.

Mandy Lord, a sister at St Peter’s Centre in Burnley visited the hospice on an orientation day as part of her district nursing degree.

Orientation days have been running at the hospice for the past three years to allow staff from health, social and other related professions to get a better insight into the services that the hospice offers.

Mandy, who has worked as a nurse in the community for the past 12 years, has worked alongside hospice at home nurses in the community but hadn’t had the opportunity to visit the hospice before. 

She said the experience will allow her to give better information to patients about services the hospice can provide for them.

During an orientation day visitors have the chance to see the inpatient unit, hear about spiritual care services, meet the hospice at home team, enjoy lunch before visiting the day services unit and family support team.

Mandy said: “I haven’t been to the hospice before but it is somewhere that I have wanted to visit. I knew a bit about the services the hospice runs from working the community alongside the hospice at home nurses, but I was surprised to see the extent and range of services available and how everything is adapted to the needs of the individual.

“I was also impressed by the facilities at the hospice, in particular the modern and spacious inpatient rooms and seeing the complementary therapy rooms. The hospice is a really warm welcoming place and the people who work there are lovely. I really appreciated the opportunity to spend the day at Pendleside, it has really helped me to understand what services might be helpful to patients in the community.”

Following Mandy’s visit it will be recommended that all new community nurses visit Pendleside Hospice.