Surrey

Marie Curie Cancer Care helps more Surrey patients

A cancer charity is to increase the amount of end-of-life care it provides to people in their homes across Surrey.

Marie Curie Cancer Care already cares for 136 patients across the county and will look after a further 99 patients in a pilot starting in October.

The pilot, which runs until the end of June 2012, is being run by the charity alongside two Surrey NHS trusts.

The charity said the scheme would build on care that was already being delivered by NHS Surrey.

Judith Heavens, area manager for the Marie Curie Nursing Service, said: "Marie Curie Cancer Care is already running a nursing service in Surrey but this pilot will help us double the amount of care we currently provide."

Alison Edgington, chief executive of Surrey Community Health, which is part of NHS Surrey, said the pilot would help patients in the county have access to the best care up to the end of their life.

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