Jeramy Philpott – Sponsor a Nurse

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Jeramy Philpott is a Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care at the hospice.
Supporting communities throughout Great Yarmouth and Waveney, Jeramy and his team work in partnership with East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) to provide vital care to patients and families in the local communities.

“I love how different each day is and how each patient, is a person and an individual, who you tailor your care in order to meet their needs, it’s a real privilege,” explains Jeramy Philpott.

“Being a part of a team which makes a difference to patients and their families during very difficult times in their lives is special.

“I have seen the best of people when they are in their hardest times and to be able to use my skills and experience to help these people is very important to me.”

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Supporting communities throughout Great Yarmouth and Waveney, Jeramy and his team work in partnership with East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) to provide vital care to patients and families in the local communities.

The joint initiative was established in April 2019 and as part of the collaboration, St Elizabeth Hospice provides specialist consultant support to six palliative care beds in Beccles Hospital, which is run by ECCH. The service also offers community care unit facilities, clinical nurse specialists to visit patients in their own homes as well as emotional wellbeing and bereavement support.

Jeramy explains: “I am based at Beccles Hospital and through my role I provide support to the beds we provide specialist care for at the hospital as well as visiting patients in the community, providing supervision and support to trainee doctors to aide their development and supporting our nurses in the community.

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Jeramy with the team at Beccles Hospital in 2019

“It’s been nearly ten years since I joined the hospice. Every day is different and brings its own challenges but I am proud to be a part of the team working in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

“I am local to the area myself and I know it has been lacking in the availability of specialist palliative care provision, in comparison to the wider region, and it is our aim to continue expanding our services to support more people who need our care. It’s this ambition which motivates me every day.”

Born and bred in Gorleston, Jeramy has over 25 years’ nursing experience from his time working at St Elizabeth Hospice and through previously working as a cancer specialist and a palliative care nurse specialist at James Paget University Hospital.

It was at James Paget University Hospital he met his wife Mandy, who also now works for St Elizabeth Hospice as a care co-ordinator.

Jeramy added: “Growing up in Gorleston I know how special the local area is. As a kid I loved swimming in the sea and visiting the beach at Gorleston, it’s the best beach I have ever known.

“However, the one thing that stands out about the area is the strong sense of family. Everyone knows someone in Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Gorleston or whichever village you visit. The communities are all very close and the same is true for the hospital and St Elizabeth Hospice.

“The staff are close to one another and often know the people they are caring for, and that adds to sense of warmth you feel when you visit the hospital or hospice. I know many people have misconceptions that hospices, in particular, are all about death and dying.

“This is not the case, they are places full of light and laughter, where people live life to the full and as best they can. This can be years or days, and all the staff are here to make this possible and to help families to make lasting memories.”

Being the youngest of six children and having children of his own, outside of work family is very important to Jeramy and he and Mandy enjoy their time gardening or attending local music festivals.

Through his family and friends he has also learnt first-hand the importance of the vital care the St Elizabeth Hospice and ECCH staff provide, after his brother was cared for by the service until his death in late December 2020.

Jeramy said: “The close knit nature of the hospice and the community has been so important in the care I have seen given to my own friends and family. Seeing the positive impact this has only makes me more determined we can continue developing our support so more people in the local area can receive them too.

“Working with ECCH in the last couple of years has been extremely rewarding as well as beneficial to patients and staff. As a partnership we hold the same ambition, which is to bring greater parity to specialist palliative care provision in Great Yarmouth and Waveney through working together and collaborating with the local community.”

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