Coronavirus has swept across the UK and brought nearly all parts of our community to a complete standstill, but at Ashgate Hospicecare, we are still very much in operation.
Our Specialist Nurses, Healthcare Assistants and Hospice Support teams are working tirelessly to meet the changing needs of extremely sick patients. However, in our thirty-year history, we have never faced an emergency like this. We have never had to transform our services so quickly. And we have never had to make such an urgent plea for your support.
Your hospice needs you as never before.
At Ashgate Hospicecare we are responding to the challenge of coronavirus in our community and continuing to provide the exceptional end of life care for which we are known by:
- Caring for as many patients on our Inpatient Unit as possible to ease the pressure on the NHS
- Having a dedicated part of our Inpatient Unit to support patients with confirmed and suspected coronavirus
- Developing the best ways to safely care for our patients should they become unwell with the virus
- Providing end of life care to people in the community with coronavirus
- Introducing new safety procedures and new clinical practices
- Providing personal protective equipment to our dedicated staff and volunteers
These changes have been vital but are placing a huge demand on our teams and resources.
We have never needed you more than we do today.
There is very little we can be sure of right now, but with your generosity, we will do whatever it takes to provide the highest level of care within our community for as long as we can.
£10 could pay towards...
additional housekeeping to prevent the spread of infection.
£15 could pay towards...
compassionate support to comfort patients at the end of their life.
£25 could pay towards...
24 hours of specialist care for our most vulnerable patients.
Many of our dedicated staff and volunteers are on the frontline of the community's coronavirus response.
Day Hospice Sister
"There have been a lot of changes and developments to help us manage the current Covid-19 outbreak. Anybody who enters the main hospice building is being screened and temperature checked before they enter, we have restricted visitors to the hospice and any staff that can possibly work offsite are doing so. Our main priority has been infection control and making sure our patients, their families, our staff and volunteers and the wider community are safe."
Head of Supportive Care Services
"These are challenging times for Ashgate Hospicecare, but we need to ensure we’re here for the people who need us the most. Things are extremely difficult at the moment and the whole environment people find themselves in has changed in so many ways. People are already facing such big losses in their lives and using all of their energies and personal resources to deal with this. That’s why it is so important for us to be available to listen to them and explore ways of helping them continue to deal with the realities they find themselves in."