Councillors praise Weldmar
Councillors have expressed their admiration for the work of Weldmar Hospicecare and congratulated the charity on its recent ‘outstanding’ rating
Weldmar’s Chief Executive, Caroline Hamblett gave a presentation to members of the Dorset Health Scrutiny Committee on Monday 14th November 2016,on Weldmar’s latest quality account. The document shows that during the 2015/16 financial year the charity helped more than 1,000 patients and their families.
The total cost to run the services provided was £8.6million, of which the NHS provided £1.67m and Weldmar was reliant on the generous support of the public and other fundraising to cover the remaining funds.
She said that figures from the past year indicated that the charity was looking after more people in their own homes, with a correlating slight decline in the occupancy rates of the inpatient unit, Joseph Weld Hospice.
Caroline told the committee: “Our role is to make what is a very difficult time for families and individuals as good as it can be with the dignity and respect that people deserve. Looking at future challenges, Weldmar is likely to be working with more people in care homes and also was facing increasingly complex cases.
Following Caroline’s presentation, the Dorset Health Scrutiny Committee chairman Councillor Ron Coatsworth said he wanted to congratulate the charity on behalf of the committee for its outstanding Care Quality Commission (CQC) report earlier this year. Councillor Ros Kayes said she was impressed that, despite the glowing feedback from families, the charity was still looking at all the ways its services could be improved.