Book Deal for Nurse's Care Advice; SUPPORT: Hospice Worker Shares Her Experience of Helping Terminally Ill

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Byline: By Catherine Vonledebur

AN AWARD-WINNING Warwickshire Macmillan nurse has signed a book deal.

Christine Reddall, aged 56, who specialises in palliative care at Myton Hospice, Warwick, has written a short book offering helpful tips for care home staff looking after people in the last days of their lives.

By the summer of 2008, Palliative Care Information for Care Homes will be available nationally when it is published by Radcliffe Publishing.

Christine, who has 33 years experience as a nurse and last year won a MidTECH West Midlands NHS Innovation award, said: "During my work in nursing homes I found that many care staff were unsure what to do when residents reach the final stage of their life and residents would often end up in hospital, rather then remaining in the home where they were most comfortable.

"The booklet I have produced is aimed at giving care staff the information they need so they can have more confidence to look after people with life-limiting conditions, as well as how to access the support services available to them.

"Not only is this helping staff but it also brings benefits to patients and their families at what can be an extremely distressing time."

Grandmother Christine lives in Leamington with husband Philip, aged 55. …