A leader in standards of palliative care has welcomed a Cairo nurse to its team.
Chiefs at St Luke’s Hospice in Whirlow said they are “always delighted to welcome visitors interested in end of life nursing” and the hospice team were particularly pleased to host Cairo nurse Nermeen Nageh Moushrkey.
The nurse initially came to Sheffield as part of a special project organised by Global Cancer Care Egypt-UK, the charity launched to introduce palliative care to Egypt.
Egypt does not yet have a hospice movement – though the country’s first hospice is currently being built in capital city Cairo. Nermeen was in Sheffield to understand more fully how British levels of palliative care could be adopted to meet the needs of her home country.
“Cancer is spreading more in Egypt and we need to start palliative care,” she said.
“There is very little concept of it and there is not much information about what it is and what it can do for the patient and that’s what I want to learn about.”
During her visit to St Luke’s Nermeen spent time in the hospice’s In Patient Centre and in the Therapies and Rehabilitation Centre as well as joining the St Luke’s Community Nursing team.
“It helped me know more about end-of-life care, how to deal with things like psychological support and what the nursing role is,” she added.
“We just don’t have this system in Egypt but we have many patients who have cancer and need support.”
The chairman of GCCE-UK, Lynne Potter, said: “Through the twinning of GCCE-UK with St Luke’s, the hospice’s expertise is having an influence in the care provided to patients and their families as far away as Egypt!
“Nermeen enjoyed her time here and felt she learnt a lot to take back and apply in Egypt.”