Could you help us to keep our patients safe, no matter what the future holds?
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Infection control has never been more important – or more challenging - than in the past 18 months. Our Infection Control Nurse appeal will help our whole hospice team to protect our patients and their families now and in the future.
Could you help raise £10,000 to fund a specialist Infection Control Nurse which could help our services to remain safe and open and continue to be a lifeline for our patients?
Although St Oswald’s Hospice has remained open throughout the pandemic, to ensure the highest levels of care for our most vulnerable patients we had to make the difficult decision to pause or restrict some services. For a time, visitors to our Adult Inpatient unit were limited and our face to face day services paused as we just couldn’t bring such clinically vulnerable people together. While our clinical team provided telephone support each week, it was no substitute for the camaraderie and peer support which so many of our day patients describe as their ‘lifeline.’
We would be devastated to have to return to those days. This is why, as we see restrictions easing, we are asking for your help, to give us the best possible chance of welcoming back very vulnerable patients who so very much hope that they will be able to see friends and join in with activities once again.
Your gift could bring peace of mind, reassurance and security to our whole hospice community
We’re lucky to have had the support of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Infection Prevention and Control Team who helped to guide us through those first, very difficult weeks of the pandemic. Thanks to some recent funding, the hospital has agreed to second a senior nurse to work at St Oswald’s Hospice for one day each week for the next 12 months – but we want to extend this role as we are already seeing benefits across the hospice.
By donating to our appeal you will give us the best possible chance of welcoming back very vulnerable patients who cannot remain shielded from the world indefinitely and prevent us having to close our doors to those who need us in the future.
Thank you for your support.
Kath Clark is the Day Services Matron and Chair of the Infection Control Group at St Oswald’s Hospice and explains how important it is to keep our doors open for our community
“We know that social interaction is essential for our patients’ mental health and emotional wellbeing, whether they are inpatients who long to see their families, adult day patients who feel lost without time spent with friends or children with complex disabilities who do not understand why they are no longer allowed to play together. It’s vital we do everything we can to keep our services running safety for those who need them.”
Sarah’s Coulthard’s sister, Emily, received end of life care at St Oswald’s Hospice earlier this year. Sarah and her parents were by Emily’s side during her final weeks, staying with her in her room and supporting each other through the most difficult of times.
“As Emily’s health slipped away, she asked if we could stay with her constantly, so the hospice found a spare room and my parents and I moved in, so that one of us could be at her bedside day and night. Sometimes nurses would appear in the late evening with a glass of wine and would counsel us long into the night, preparing us for what we knew was coming, trying to ease our suffering too.”
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Rebecca Kelly is our new Infection Control Nurse. Her role will strengthen the infection control knowledge of our whole hospice team, to benefit the whole community we serve. Your donation will
- Give us the best possible chance of keeping patients, visitors, volunteers and staff safe from infection.
- Improve confidence and reduce anxiety for patients who are referred to our services.
- Allow us to fully reopen day services and lessen the isolation and loneliness felt by so many of our patient group.
- Ensure our staff and volunteers are trained to the highest standards on Infection Control procedures.