St. Leonard’s Hospice — October Update

by Jared Smith
by Kathryn Craven
Hello everyone. October is here… how has that happened? As we are all to getting used to our ‘new normal,’ I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to look back and reflect upon St Leonard’s Hospice’s journey over the past few months.

Without a doubt, COVID-19 has impacted each and every one of us here. Our working environments and processes have had to change and we’ve had to adapt quickly across all areas of the Hospice.

An area that has been particularly in demand over the past few months is our Hospice@Home service. The team saw patient numbers rise almost overnight as we worked collaboratively with our NHS partners to help care for patients who would normally be cared for in hospital, in order to release vital NHS resources to help in the fight against the pandemic.

Ally Skelton, Hospice@Home Senior Sister, describes her team’s journey over the past few months and what people’s support has meant to them:

We have been with patients and their loved ones on some extremely emotional and difficult journeys. Their journeys become our journeys as we travel the path together until our care is no longer needed. But it does not end there for our team of nurses. The families we care for and their stories stay with us for a long time, ingrained in our memories and deep within our hearts.

            We have fought to keep people together at all costs, when being apart was a reality that many did not want to comprehend. I’m so grateful for the support of people like you — it means families have remained by the bedsides of their loved ones, which is where they are meant to be.”

If you would like to find out more about Hospice@Home and our other services, including Bereavement Support, please visit our website for more information https://www.stleonardshospice.org.uk/.

Take care everyone; I will see you in December!

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