An East Hampshire charity that provides care for people with life-limiting illness has been given a time-saving technological boost that will help staff focus on patients.
The Rosemary Foundation, based in Langrish, has improved its internet access with superfast broadband, thanks to a £1,000 grant from East Hampshire District Councillor Nick Drew.
The improvements have helped with administration and record gathering and, in the view of manager Jeremy Mitchell, has saved staff half a day a week.
“It’s increased our broadband speed ten-fold and is proving absolutely invaluable,” he said. “It’s really speeding up our day-to-day work and in turn that gives our staff more time to do other vital work.
“We previously had an unreliable connection which would occasionally drop out altogether. The new internet access has improved productivity. All-in-all it must have saved staff half a day a week so they can concentrate their efforts on providing a wonderful service to our patients. It’s made an enormous difference to our lives.”
The Rosemary Foundation provides a ‘Hospice at Home’ service in Petersfield and the surrounding towns and villages for patients in the latter stage of life-limiting conditions.
This service offers practical help, nursing care, emotional and counselling support, together with day and night sitting service and trained nurses available 24 hours a day. Support continues through the first year of bereavement, and beyond if required.
Cllr Nick Drew granted £1,000 to the charity as part of EHDC’s Councillor Community Grant Scheme.
“The work The Rosemary Foundation does is incredibly valuable, not just for the patients but for their families too,” he said.
“In helping improve their day-to-day lives in this simple way we are helping their talented staff improve the day-to-day lives of patients in a really significant, meaningful way by providing amazing care to local people.”
The Councillor Community Grants Scheme gives local councillors £4,500 to spend on projects or initiatives within their local area.