Blythe House increases level of community care

High Peak's hospice is increasing the level of community care to support the most vulnerable people as the coronavirus pandemic continues. 

Blythe House Hospicecare - based in Chapel - is providing 24/7 end-of-life care in the comfort of patient's homes. 

In addition, a team of hospice staff and volunteers is posting 'kindness cards' to let people know about support including shopping, prescription pick-ups, telephone chats and food parcels. 

Nurses, counsellors and healthcare assistants are also on hand to provide telephone support to all patients and their families.

Janet Dunphy, CEO, said: "Our community have supported us to develop to meet the increasing needs of people in the High Peak and this is payback time. We will be there for them even more now. We are stronger together. 

“The well-being of the people we support, hospice visitors, staff and volunteers is our first priority and that’s why we are following advice and guidance issued by Public Health England and the UK Government.

"At the present time, we are taking each day as it comes with regards to the ongoing situation. We have taken on-board Government advice and have made decisions to implement some changes to services whilst continuing to support the most isolated and vulnerable people in our local area."

All non-essential meetings and sessions at the hospice or in the local community have been cancelled for the time being.

They included last Friday’s coffee morning at Alderbrook Day Centre in Chinley; out-patient clinics; weekly support groups and walking for health sessions.

The hospice's Chapel-en-le-Frith and New Mills shops are closed until further notice. 

Janet added: "We are liaising closely with our event sponsors and co-organisers to determine what will happen to future fundraising events. 

"National events that our supporters are involved in, like the London Marathon, have already been postponed. We will keep members of the public updated as soon as we have details of the plans going forward." 

If you or someone you know is feeling lonely or isolated due to the current situation, or you’d like to find out more about support from Blythe House, contact Vicci Wild or Julie Forrest on 01298 816990.

Find out more via the Blythe House website at https://blythehousehospice.org.uk/keeping-you-safe-information-on-coronavirus/ 

Keep up to date with all the latest local and national developments here: https://www.questmedianetwork.co.uk/news/daily-coronavirus-updates/

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