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New Mid Devon nurse

Welcome! Amanda Southwick joined our Mid Devon Community Nursing Team after a public appeal funded her much needed post.

She came to us last July and works in a very busy and large area supporting her colleagues who were run off their feet.

Amanda, 51, joined us from St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton where she was a ward nurse. She is married to Andy and they have a 13-year-old daughter India.

 “We moved to Mid Devon because of Andy’s job and I was very lucky to get this role, which is a new one for both Hospiscare and me. I’ve always wanted to work in the community as a hospice nurse.

“I’m an experienced, registered nurse and have been a hospice nurse for three years now but this is the first time I’ve worked in the community, visiting people in their homes. Hospiscare has put together an amazing training programme to help with my transition into this very special job.

“My colleagues all have their own areas they cover but I cover Okehampton, Crediton and Tiverton.  I’m very lucky, as everywhere I go I have such great support from my colleagues, who are all highly experienced specialist nurses. I love visiting patients, it’s such privilege to be invited into someone’s home. I love the whole holistic aspect of my work, helping the patient and their family.

“Sometimes patients ask me why they need a Hospiscare nurse and some are a bit fearful. I explain we can help in lots of different ways, such as  liaising with GP’s, district nurses, occupational therapists, physios,  helping them understand the benefits system;  working with our  volunteer team arranging valuable transport for  hospital appointments.  Also sorting prescriptions, as well of course as specialist advice in symptom control and support during their journey.

“When I go home I feel most of the time I have achieved something and I have helped someone. I meet such lovely people and they are all so brave.”