Hospices of Hope Scotland’s Nurses Appeal

Our appeal to fund a nurse in each of our four country partners. This appeal for Hospice Nurses will provide vital nursing care to patients in Albania, Moldova, Serbia and Romania. 

The Appeal aims to raise £47,000 which will cover the annual salary of one nurse in Albania, Moldova and Serbia and two nurses in Romania – one working for Hospice Casa Sperantei and one working for Hospice Emanuel in Oradea.

Who will benefit?

The terminally and seriously ill patients cared for by these nurses will benefit from a high level of specialist care. Knowing this will provide peace of mind for their loved ones.  

Why have we chosen to support hospice nurses?

Our work started with a palliative care nurse from the UK travelling to Romania and training our first Romanian nurse, Gabi. The impact was immediate

“Patients were really surprised when somebody came and took their hand, shared their grief. This was something new. We had been taught not to touch if the patient has a wound or a fever.” 

Gabi was the first of a team of caring, dedicated nurses who are essential to the hospice services provided by the Hospices of Hope Network. They are highly trained to provide holistic and palliative care to patients and their families.

Recognition   

The nurses supported by funds from this appeal will wear a name badge with a tartan design recognising the donation from Hospices of Hope Scotland.

Support this Appeal

There are many ways you can support this Appeal.

  • Sponsor a nurse – an annual nurse's salary in Albania and Moldova is £5,550, in Serbia it is £9,000 and in Romania it is £13,500 - corporate, group and individual sponsors are welcome and recognition for an annual salary sponsorship will be given
  • Donate – see the donation button on this page
  • Fundraise – there are plenty of fundraising ideas here and you can create your own fundraising page by clicking the fundraising button 
  • Attend one of our 2020 Hospices of Hope Scotland events – all proceeds raised at this year’s events will go towards the Nurses Appeal including funds raised at our Annual Edinburgh Gala Dinner (details to follow) and our Edinburgh Quiz on Wednesday 6th May

If you wish to contribute to a nurse in a particular partner country please mention this when donating.    

Nursing services across the Hospices of Hope Network

In all four countries, nurses play a very important role as members of the home care teams. They administer medication and treatment and show the patient’s family members how to do this.  They liaise with other medical professionals and hospice social workers and ensure that the best care possible is given. All hospice nurses see it as a privilege to be allowed into their patient’s lives to provide compassion and care.

Hospice nurses help patients in so many other ways. For example, in Romania they care for seriously ill people in both the inpatient and outpatient units, in Romania and Albania they provide lymphoedema treatment, in Serbia they run the new hospice day centre and in Moldova they provide a much needed stoma service.

All the nurses who will be funded through this appeal have a passion for hospice care and specialist skills to meet the varying needs of their patients at a vulnerable time.

Meet some of our Nurses 

Monica, Hospice Emanuel, Romania 

Monica has been a nurse at the hospice for twenty years. She explains her vital role helping patients and their families -

“I provide medical and nursing home care services to adult patients with advanced cancer. I visit four to six patients a day and am case manager for twenty patients. I manage their pain and symptoms and provide support to their families. I do everything I can to ensure my patients can face their final days with dignity.

I assess the needs of my patients and liaise with the other members of the medical team so that we follow an interdisciplinary care plan. The patient’s family is the primary caregiver and I explain what care is required and how to administer medicines.

I love my work- not just the nursing but the fact that I can talk to patients and encourage them.”

Liliana, Hospices of Hope Albania  

Liliana Xhixha has been working for the Ryder Albania hospice team for twenty -three years as both a paediatric and adult palliative care nurse. She is devoted to her work and will do "all she can not only to help patients die peacefully but also to ensure that they live as fulfilled a life as possible."

Bojana, BELhospice Serbia 

Bojana has been working for BELhospice for thirteen years. She originally headed the home care nursing team and is now the senior nurse in the new Day Care Centre. She specialises in physical therapy.

By her own admission Bojana was nervous when she first took on the role as she could not understand how to care for terminally ill patients. But she realised that palliative care cannot cure, but it can ease pain and suffering and offer dignity.

She says that the new Day Care Centre has made a great impact on her patients. It has helped them feel much more fulfilled. They have the chance to socialise, relax and have fun and whilst they are at the centre their families have a break from being carers.

 “For me, it’s a new way to help patients feel better and I enjoy it.”

Adrian, Hospices of Hope Moldova 

Andrian Veisa comes from a small remote village outside Soroca. He started working for Hospice Angelus in Soroca in 2017 and has a wide range of responsibilities in his role as head of the medical assistants team.
The hospice staff describe him as being “very receptive, responsible and humble when speaking about providing care to patients with life-limiting illnesses”.
Andrian currently cares for nineteen patients, (both children and adults), who have a range of conditions including cancer and diabetes. Some live in remote villages so he has to travel long distances.

Mihaela, Hospice Casa Sperantei, Bucharest 

Mihaela has worked at the hospice for two years now. She gives lymphatic massages to patients. Lymph drainage relieves patients from severe pain after breast cancer surgery. The patients love Mihaela.

Many of the patients are very self conscious about their appearance following chemotherapy. Mihaela helps them regain their confidence with wigs and prostheses. Sometimes, she plays music and dances with her patients or helps them with their make up. 

Mihaela has cut her own hair off to show her solidarity and support for her patients and her patients said that her empathy was the most wonderful gift they have ever received.