We are a Registered Charity set up to nurse patients in their own home through the last stage of illness and to support their families.
How did it start?
Kate King, a resident of Stow who died in 1995, became aware of the lack of nursing care available to patients wishing to die at home and challenged her nurses and doctors to do something about it.
Who qualifies for this?
When patients have been told that they are dying and have expressed the wish to be at home where this is possible, their GP or District Nurse can ask us to provide nursing for them, working with other home nursing services. Our patients are generally referred to us through the GP surgeries in Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Northleach, Burford and Winchcombe and we also work with sister charities in looking after patients in the Moreton area.
Why does a local Charity have to do this?
The NHS provides nursing care at home through the District Nursing Service, but is not resourced to provide nurses to stay with patients. Our rural locality reduces the ability of the larger national charities to help. Kate’s Home Nursing fills this gap in provision with its high quality ‘hospice at home’ care.