Staff shortages affect local hospice

The Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading has stopped taking new inpatients while it tries to recruit nursing staff.
Photo of Duchess of Kent Hospice Reading

Staff shortages have forced the Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading to stop taking any new inpatients on a temporary basis.

Run by the Sue Ryder charity, the hospice in Liebenrood Road, west Reading (pictured above) provides end-of-life care for people through medical, emotional, practical and spiritual support.

On its website, the hospice says it is running a large recruitment campaign to find nurses and nursing assistants.

Local NHS leaders said in the interim, they would place people needing pain and symptom management or end-of-life care in the Royal Berkshire Hospital or Thames Hospice in Maidenhead. There were also talks with West Berkshire Community Hospital and the Sobell House Hospice in Oxford about taking people.

All other services provided by Sue Ryder at the Duchess of Kent – specialist community teams, outpatient services, day therapy services and lymphoedema - are open as usual, in line with Covid restrictions.

After its most recent inspection visit, the hospice was rated as 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission.

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