In May 1992 Charlie’s sister, Penny Birtwell, died in Stourton. She was young and died of breast cancer. Her husband, Andy, and her children, George and Beatrice, graciously and generously allowed her siblings, to share being with her and caring for her. Witnessing Penny’s death was deeply painful, but it gave Charlie the chance to see the enormous value in caring for someone who is so very poorly in their own home. Charlie then chose to work in palliative care as a direct result.
Charlie realised the need for a home nursing service to give patients and families a choice of where they wished to be cared for. She started to have tentative discussions about setting up such a service Dr Chris Thorogood and Dr Theo Schofield, both General Practitioners at the Shipston Medical Centre.
The pace of things quickly picked, it seemed as though fate took a hand in the next few months and wonderful people from the area started to show an enormous interest in the service. Andrew Knight, founder Chairman, threw his energy, advice and enthusiasm behind the project and headed up the original committee, which established a board of Trustees and supporters and Shipston Home Nursing was born.
Dr Chris Thorogood subsequently took over the role of Chairman in 2004 and since 2011, Dr Clive Irwin as been our Chairman.
With effect from 1st July 2017 the hospice at home service previously provided by a Trust known as Shipston Home Nursing was moved into a charitable incorporated body also known as Shipston Home Nursing. Exactly the same service is provided as before on exactly the same terms as before and by the same Nursing, Fundraising and Operations Teams.
Year on year we continue to meet increasing numbers of patients and families, often with more diverse illnesses and healthcare issues. In the 2018 calendar year we saw a 58% increase in patients referred to us and we continue to strive to meet patients as early in the progression of their illness as appropriate.
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