Our PALS Team
Rosa Ward R.N.
Smiths and half of Devonshire Parish
Waynette Wilson R.N.
All St. Georges/Hamilton Parish and St David’s
Reanna Stovell R.N.
All Warwick and Paget
Kathy Fox R.N.
All Southampton and Sandys
Merlyn Burgess R.N.
Pembroke and 1/2 Devonshire.
P.A.L.S. employs five full time registered nurses specializing in oncology care who work Monday through Friday from 9 :00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The nurses visit each patient as often as required and liaise directly with the physicians. The nurses maintain an on-call rota after normal working hours for EMERGENCIES ONLY at night, weekends and all public holidays. P.A.L.S. nurses are responsible for over 130 cancer patients at any one time. As many as 150 patients have been referred annually in addition to those already in our care. There is no charge for the services of the nurses. Patients are admitted to the P.A.L.S. Service after receiving a referral from the Oncologist, the patient’s GP or the Oncology Department at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.
- Each nurse then evaluates, plans, implements and continually re-assesses the provision of nursing care to their cancer patients in the community setting as well as assessing the physical, emotional and social needs of the patients and their family care givers, making a Care Plan.
- Each nurse communicates with attending physicians regularly, obtaining medical orders and administering treatments in accordance with the Care Plan.
- The nurses work closely with the Oncology Department, hospital wards and hospice staff, as well as the Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dietitians and Social Workers, depending on the specific needs of the patient. They utilize various Community Resources as required by the patient and/or family for example:
- Financial Assistance
- Meals on Wheels
- Child and Adolescent Counselling Services
- Social Workers
- Day Care Services
- Private Duty Nurses etc..
- The nurse performs and if necessary teaches the patient and caregivers: dressing care, ostomy care, tracheotomy care, the use and maintenance of portocaths or any other I.V. access lines and injections, etc. The nurse will also draw blood samples if the patient cannot get to the hospital.
- The nurse supervises Home Health Aides and advises other professional care givers.The nurse manages pain and symptom control and adjusts medications accordingly.
- If a terminally ill patient or his/her family wishes to remain at home to die, the nurse is trained to assist and prepare both patient and family for this eventuality.
- P.A.L.S. supplies an array of medical equipment, including electric beds, wheel chairs, walkers, commodes and medical supplies etc. ALL ENTIRELY FREE OF CHARGE .
The cost of providing this level of service to the community is in excess of $1.5 million annually. All operating expenses are funded entirely by charitable donations and on-going fund raising activities throughout the year by P.A.L.S. itself and its many volunteers. Other expenses include financial assistance to uninsured or under-insured persons in financial need for medication as well as travel and accommodation expenses if needing to go abroad for treatment. In order to provide the most efficient and effective service, the nurses are assigned specific geographical areas around the island. Currently, the following P.A.L.S. nurses cover the areas indicated below.
Every 6 months a nurse travels abroad in rotation for further training in order to keep abreast of the latest advances in the many areas of cancer care. It is important to understand that P.A.L.S. will care for any cancer patient of any age in any stage of his/her disease and not only the terminally ill. Patients are often discharged from our service because they are doing so well.