At Blythe House, 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.
We are continuing to provide care and support to Blythe House patients and their families, as well as members of our local community, new patients, medical professionals and carers.
A huge THANK YOU to all of our amazing volunteers and supporters who continue to show such resilience in the face of uncertain times.
In light of the Government’s announcement in March, we took the decision to close the hospice building, but our hospice services are continuing in our local community:
- We are continuing to provide 24/7 end of life care in the comfort of patient’s homes. Hygiene and cleanliness is of course paramount to all of our fantastic healthcare assistants all of the time – not just in times of crisis. Alongside the usual items including gloves and aprons, healthcare assistants are now using masks, visors, goggles, car seat covers, gowns, paper towels and hand sanitisers. We are sincerely grateful to the local businesses and individuals who continue to donate personal protective equipment for our healthcare assistants.
- Team members are providing telephone support to current patients and their families, as well as new patients, medical professionals, carers, and members of our local community on subjects including planning for end of life care, changes to treatment plans, counselling, combating isolation and loneliness, mental health and well-being. They are also signposting to relevant external services in relation to subjects including benefits, transport, employment and scams. Please call the team if they can help you: 01298 875080.
- We are providing companionship and support to the most vulnerable members of our community. This includes, but is not limited to, shopping, a telephone conversation, picking up prescriptions or running general errands, in full compliance with latest Government rules issued 10.05.2020.
- All non-essential meetings and sessions at the hospice or in our local community are cancelled. This includes coffee mornings, out-patient clinics, weekly support groups and walking for health sessions.
- Our hospice charity shops in Whaley Bridge, Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith and New Mills are closed until further notice. We kindly ask that you do not leave donations outside the shop or on the pavement as we don’t know when we will be able to re-open and take the donations inside.
- We have liaised closely with our event sponsors and postponed our upcoming fundraising events. Add the new dates to your diary now!
Remember, we are Here to Help…
Useful documents and information:
- Blythe House coronavirus Q&A leaflet
- Janet Dunphy, Hospice CEO, has created a leaflet offering palliative and end of life care support to care home staff, internal staff and those across our wider community. The leaflet includes topics such as having difficult conversations and offering advice and guidance on how you can support people with life-limiting illnesses and those that you work with at this difficult time. Read it now: Thinking of you – support leaflet for carers/ care home staff
- Free resources to help support your mental well-being during the ongoing situation
Stay home, stay safe. We hope to see you again soon.