Help for district nurses

Beverley Boler, district nurse; Kaye Wiseman, NHS; and Moira Nicoll, Lippen Care.

Beverley Boler, district nurse; Kaye Wiseman, NHS; and Moira Nicoll, Lippen Care.

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Those in Montrose who rely on Angus District Nursing Service to administer medicines will benefit from a gift of over £3,500 from the charity Lippen Care.

The donation will fund the purchase of four syringe pumps which enable medicines to be given under the skin, and are often used to provide relief from symptoms in cancer care or palliative care.

A syringe pump is a small, lightweight, battery-operated, portable pump that gives medication slowly and steadily over a period of 24 hours. These pumps are used both in hospital and at home where a community nurse visits daily to change the medicine.

Syringe pumps are a simpler and more comfortable way to receive medication for people who would otherwise need frequent injections or for those whose symptoms are difficult to control with tablets alone.

The pump can really help improve quality of life particularly if someone has nausea or swallowing difficulties. If people are up and about, the pump can be carried in a small holster.

Kaye Wiseman, clinical team manager of Community Nursing Services in Angus said: “This will make such a difference to so many patients in Angus, giving community nurses easier access to providing symptom control for patients at home.”