The care at North Devon Hospice has been rated as outstanding by health watchdogs.

North Devon Hospice provides vital support for local people and their families. Picture: North Devon HospiceNorth Devon Hospice provides vital support for local people and their families. Picture: North Devon Hospice

A recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) also rated the hospice as ‘good’ across all other categories, including the provision of safe and effective care, being responsive, and being well-led.

The rating comes at a time when the hospice is now reaching out to more than 2,000 patients’ families across the area every year who are all facing the impact of a life-limiting illnesses.

Hospice chief executive Stephen Roberts, said: “I am delighted that the incredible hard work of our staff and volunteers has been recognised by the CQC, and that they’ve rated our care as ‘outstanding’.

“Each and every day, we dedicate ourselves to supporting the individual needs of our patients and their families. We’re immensely proud that this has been formally acknowledged and I’d like to thank our fantastic team for their hard work and dedication.”

The North Devon Hospice Bedded Unit. Picture: North Devon HospiceThe North Devon Hospice Bedded Unit. Picture: North Devon Hospice

Medical director Dr Murray Fletcher said this rating reflected the personalised care offered.

He added: “Absolutely everyone here is focussed on providing the very best for our patients and families.

“Modern hospice care is not just about someone’s final days, it is about living life to the full and giving people the opportunity to live well with their illness. That extends to the whole family too, as we are here to support everyone throughout their whole journey.”

The Edwards family, from Braunton, have experienced the hospice’s care first hand. Mum Michelle, and her three children Ffion, Niamh and Jordan, were supported while their father Iain was battling a brain tumour.

Michelle said: “North Devon Hospice is beyond words. They have become our family, and they helped us through the hardest, most traumatic times in our life.

“They shared with us the happiest, most fun and most precious times. They showed us how to live through it and we truly lived our life together. They were also able to give daddy, my lovely husband Iain, the ability to die in peace, knowing that his family was supported and looked after.”

When asked what North Devon Hospice means to her, Ffion (aged 10) said: “Everything. It’s helped us through the really tough times. And it’s never lost contact, they’re just the best.”