Gosport MP and Minister of State for Health visits Naomi House & Jacksplace
We had the pleasure of welcoming the Rt Hon Caroline Dinenage, MP, Minister of State at the Department of Health, to Naomi House & Jacksplace recently, following our 21st Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons in July. She wanted to see first-hand the services on offer to life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults in her constituency of Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head, and across the seven counties of central southern England.
Caroline joined our Chief Executive, Mark Smith, and Director of Care and Deputy Chief Executive, Lesley Brook on a tour of the hospice buildings. They showed her the care floor where she met some of our children and young adults, as well as the sensory room, hydrotherapy suite, music therapy room, beautiful gardens and bedrooms.
She also met Dotty and her family in our long term ventilation unit, a special service that allows newly ventilated children to leave the clinical environment of hospital and stay together as a family, whilst still receiving round the clock care from our nurses.
Caroline also met other members of our team including Chris Forster, Head of Naomi House and Paediatric Services, Huw Bromage, Activities Team Leader, Keith Wilson, Head of Marketing and the hospice Chaplain, Mark Christian. She spent time learning about the different departments we have here, and their role in supporting the most medically complex children we care for here.
Caroline said: “Naomi House and Jacksplace provide an invaluable service for children and young people with a variety of needs, using advanced technology to help staff provide high quality care in a warm and compassionate environment. It was a pleasure to visit and talk to the dedicated nurses and care staff who do such an incredible job, as well as meet Dotty and her family in the new Long Term Ventilation Unit – the first of its kind in a hospice setting.”
Mark Smith, our Chief Executive added: “We would like to thank Caroline Dinenage for taking the time to visit our hospices today. It was a great opportunity to show her our facilities, introduce her to our highly skilled staff and discuss our future plans with her. We hope that she and her departmental colleagues will be able to assist us in our goal of further developing our service and becoming the UK’s first regional centre for paediatric palliative care.”
We care for more than 400 families from across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.