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Hospice welcomes Nigerian nurse visit

PUBLISHED: 14:19 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:15 23 August 2010

SIX nurses from a Nigerian hospital have visited a hospice to take part in a training course in palliative care. The group, who finished their two week stay on Monday, took part in a four-day training course run by EllenorLions Hospices, based in Coldhar

SIX nurses from a Nigerian hospital have visited a hospice to take part in a training course in palliative care.

The group, who finished their two week stay on Monday, took part in a four-day training course run by EllenorLions Hospices, based in Coldharbour Road, Northfleet.

It focused on palliative care, which aims to improve the quality of life for patients and their families who are dealing with life-shortening illnesses.

The link came through a senior staff nurse at the hospice, Dayo Olupitan, who is from Nigeria, and was studying palliative care in the country as part of a Masters degree at the University of Kent.

Ms Olupitan said: "I come from Nigeria originally, and know that they do not have any palliative care in the country.

"I decided to go to Nigeria to find out how we can help them develop palliative care, and find out what type of training they need.

"I was at a hospital in the south west of the country for two weeks, and during that time tried to create awareness on palliative care in the country, and it went well. After I left, the management of the hospital thought that training was needed, so we suggested they come over here to take part in a course on palliative care."

As part of the training course, the group of nurses also spent time visiting other nursing homes and departments run by EllenorLions Hospices, which care for patients across north west Kent.

Yetunde Akinsanya, one of the visiting nurses said: "We have learnt a great deal, and we will be able to take a lot of these skills back to Nigeria, like taking care of pain and communication skills, and we hope to put everything into practice."

Claire Cardy, director of nursing and care at the hospice, added: "They do not have any kind of hospice provision in Nigeria, and the course here looked at various aspects of palliative care, including symptom management, ethical issues and communication skills.

"This organisation mainly focuses on the local community, but our links with other countries are an important part of what we do.

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