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Palliative care team from Paris inspired by visit to Hospice in the Weald

STAFF from the biggest palliative care centre in France said they are taking inspiration and ideas back to Paris following a recent visit to Hospice in the Weald.

A team of nine staff from Maison Médicale Jeanne Garnier visited Hospice in the Weald in Pembury and Cottage Hospice in Five Ashes as part of a visit to learn more about palliative care in the UK.

The most famous medical centre for palliative care in France, Jeanne Garnier offers 81 in-patient beds, outpatient services and a day hospital. The non-profit organisation also has a large consultant team working in four hospitals in Paris. Its scientific and education department, with the interdisciplinary research team, trains healthcare professionals and volunteers.

Chief Executive Officer Emmanuelle Quillet, Chair of the Board Isabelle Lesage, and Anne de la Tour, Head Consultant and President of the Medical Commission, were accompanied by palliative care nurses, consultants, and researchers during their three-day visit to the UK. They were welcomed by Nick Farthing, Chief Executive and senior staff from Hospice in the Weald.

Kerry Norman, Head of In-patient Care, led tours of the pioneering Cottage Hospice and the ward at Pembury, and the visitors heard from Steph Hall, Head of Living Well, about the personalised support offered through the Hospice’s Living Well programme.

During the event, Emmanuelle Quillet said:

“It is a pleasure to visit Hospice in the Weald and meet the team who have been very hospitable. We wanted to come because we feel it’s important to learn about and share palliative care nursing and practices.

“We had heard about Cottage Hospice and it is inspiring to find out more about the family caregiver model. It is more like a home than a hospital. That’s something we are interested in developing in Paris so that families have the opportunity to be taken care of, as well as their loved ones.

“In France, palliative care is more hospital-centred than in Great Britain. Community care is certainly more developed in your country and very interesting to us. We would like to work with more GPs and nurses to develop care in the community in France.

“It’s been a short but valuable visit and what we have seen here is inspiring.”

Nick Farthing said:

“It was a privilege to host the team from Maison Médicale Jeanne Garnier and we are delighted that they have been inspired by our work here at Hospice in the Weald. It was also a fantastic opportunity to learn about their innovative work in Paris. Sharing knowledge helps us all to inform and improve the care we provide for those facing terminal illness and their families.”

Hospice in the Weald has been providing free care and support to those facing terminal illness and their families in West Kent and East Sussex for more than 40 years.

Maison Médicale Jeanne Garnier is named after the woman who created the first home for women dying alone in poverty. Garnier founded the Calvaire institution in 1842, which now manages Maison Médicale Jeanne Garnier.

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