The Steve Morgan Foundation is providing a three-year grant to help charity WellChild provide a nurse to train families in Wrexham and Flintshire to look after their children at home, rather than them needing to stay in hospital.
WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children, has authorised the Children’s Nurse post at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in Flintshire, to be filled by Esther Bennington.
Through this unique post, Esther will support families by working closely with colleagues in the community, hospitals and other specialist centres to ensure the highest quality of care.
The Steve Morgan Foundation is providing a grant of £75,000 over three years to fund the role, with further contributions from The Moondance Foundation and The Waterloo Foundation.
“Since 2006, WellChild has built a network of 32 specialist paediatric nurses supporting children with long-term complex medical needs across the country,” said Ashley Lewis, trustee with the Steve Morgan Foundation.
“Their aim is to train untrained carers – parents and family – to be able to care for their children at home using specialist equipment, and deal with emergencies at home, rather than them have to stay in hospital.
“This comes from the belief that children will enjoy life as much as they can being cared for at home, far better than if they were in hospital where parents and family members would need to drive long distances to visit.”
Ashley visited the Better At Home suite at Edge Hill University which shows parents how support can work in their home environment, including training on the equipment parents will need to use, including ventilators and other equipment for the treatment of heart conditions.