Why are we here ?

Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund was set up in 1989 by district nurses to provide equipment and extra nursing care for patients who wished to die at home. At the time, services were limited and patients were often admitted into hospital when their families could no longer cope.

The fund has enabled us to change that situation and is offering real choice to patients about how they wish to be cared for and their preferred place of care at the end of their life.

HCNCF became a registered charity in 1994, run by volunteer trustees and committee members working with community nurses. In April 2014, we became a charitable incorporated organisation with a registered charity number of 1155419.

What we do

We provide care and support to patients who are registered with the Cutlers Hill Surgery in Halesworth.

Our aim is to care for the whole person, taking into account their emotional, practical and spiritual needs, as well as those of their families and carers. This can include:

  • quickly filling gaps in the provision of statutory health and social care services
  • purchasing or renting additional equipment, such as a stairlift, to enable patients to be cared for in their own bedroom
  • providing additional night care to give a family member or main carer respite from their role
  • organising complementary therapy to ease stress and give comfort

The care we arrange is provided by selected agencies who employ trained nurses, care assistants and therapists who are skilled and experienced in providing end of life care.

Our new Information and Support Centre16021-north-west-visual

We are developing an innovative new facility, called The Pear Tree Centre, to offer support, counselling and financial advice to people who have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness, as well as their families, friends and carers.

You can read more about the project, and how you can support it, here.