Weldmar is Outstanding
Care provided by Weldmar Hospicecare – which covers north, west and south Dorset – has been rated ‘outstanding’.
Care provided by Weldmar Hospicecare – which covers north, west and south Dorset – has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.
Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission praised the hospice’s work in a report out this week.
And staff at Weldmar said they were thrilled at the rating.
Caroline Hamblett, Chief Executive of Weldmar Hospicecare, said “The rating of ‘outstanding’ by the CQC is a fantastic result for Weldmar and, more importantly, a fantastic result for the people we care for. Patients are at the heart of all that Weldmar does, whether in our patients’ homes, in the community hospitals, within our Wellbeing Centres across Dorset or within Joseph Weld Hospice. We’re proud and privileged to provide end of life care to support Dorset. We receive very generous support in return. We could not provide our care without local people and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helps make Weldmar so special; our volunteers, all of our staff, fellow healthcare professionals and supporters”.
Weldmar Hospicecare Trust cares for patients with cancer and other progressive conditions, such as motor neurone disease, who require specialist help. Patients in north, south and west Dorset have a seamless service, whether they require care and advice in the comfort of their own homes, in the inpatient unit at Joseph Weld Hospice or in Weldmar Wellbeing Centres at Trimar Hospice in Weymouth, Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester, the Westminster Hospital in Shaftesbury, Yeatman Hospital in Sherborne, as well as in Blandford and Bridport Community Hospitals. All services are provided free of charge.
Stephen Baynard, Chairman of Weldmar Hospicecare’s Board of Trustees, said “I, and all of the Trustees of Weldmar, would like to congratulate all concerned for such an outstanding result. Our dedicated staff and team of tireless volunteers work together to provide exceptional care to the people of Dorset. I am proud to lead such an important organisation. Well done to you all, and thank you”.
In its report, the commission said that “people and families received outstanding care from exceptional staff and volunteers who developed positive, caring and compassionate relationships with them. The service promoted a culture that was caring and person centred. Staff worked together as a multidisciplinary team to provide seamless care for people.”
The report also quoted patients and relatives, who said:
- “I can’t believe the care they give, the attention to detail, the experience has changed my mind about where I want to have care at the end of my life. Far from being sad and tearful, it is happy, and staff have all the time in the world for you.”
- “Weldmar is not a sad place, we laugh and cry, it’s not doom and gloom, we know what’s in front of us. We know he will be looked after and they will be there for the bereaved as well, it’s wonderful.”
- “I enjoy coming so much, I like all the things we do, but I think painting is my favourite.”
- “Coming here gives me some independence, as I don’t have much of that now.”
- “I had no experience of the hospice before, and suddenly these wonderful people popped in to my life.”
The CQC report is under the registration name for Weldmar Hospicecare (Joseph Weld Hospice) as this is the organisation’s registered address, but the ‘outstanding’ rating is for all the services offered by Weldmar.