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  • Dec 04, 2020
    On the frontline: “My role can be very sad, but this is where I belong”
    Since the Covid-19 outbreak began, staff from St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth have been supporting their NHS colleagues on the frontline at University Hospitals Plymouth, to make sure that patients who are dying from complications of the virus receive the compassionate end of life care they need. Here nurse Julie Ayers shares what it’s been like to work on the hospital’s acute wards during the pandemic.
  • Dec 01, 2020
    Taking care of yourself and others
    In this advertorial, Towergate Insurance share their tips for hospice staff to look after their wellbeing during stressful times.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    On the frontline: “It’s a privilege to help families visit their loved ones”
    Helen Pointer is part of a team of volunteers at St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley who have been screening visitors so they can safely visit patients on the ward at a time it matters most. Here Helen shares more about what it’s like to volunteer with the charity during the pandemic.
  • Nov 24, 2020
    “If grief is treated it will heal, otherwise you can never move on”
    When Alison Nightingale became depressed, she didn’t realise it was because she hadn’t processed the grief of losing several members of her family more than a decade earlier. Here she shares how support from St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich helped her accept their deaths and move on with her life.
  • Nov 19, 2020
    How art can help children express grief
    Today marks the start of Children’s Grief Awareness Week UK. Founded by childhood bereavement charity Grief Encounter, the week aims to raise awareness of the needs of bereaved children and young people, something that’s especially prescient this year with the additional challenges of Covid-19. Emily Gray is an art therapist at Saint Francis Hospice in Essex. Here she tells us how art has been helping to relieve children’s feelings of loss and isolation during the pandemic.
  • Nov 19, 2020
    How a Dorset hospice helped a patient get back on his feet after homelessness
    A Dorset man who was made homeless is now in a flat and getting the help and treatment he needs thanks to the efforts of Weldmar Hospicecare community nursing team in Dorset.
  • Nov 18, 2020
    The importance of human rights in end of life care
    What is a human rights approach in end of life care, and why is it important? Jacqui Graves, Human Rights Lead at Sue Ryder, tells us how the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of respecting the individual rights of patients at the end of life.
  • Nov 17, 2020
    Families in Wales need more respite breaks, survey finds
    Families in Wales caring for a child with a life-limiting condition need more respite breaks, a new survey has found.
  • Nov 16, 2020
    Ending inequalities in end of life care: understanding the spectrum of autism
    It is estimated that around one in 100 children in the UK have a diagnosis of autism. Getting a diagnosis in the first place isn’t easy, which means autism is far more prevalent than many people think. It is also frequently misunderstood.
  • Nov 13, 2020
    On the frontline: “By volunteering, I’m helping hospice nurses, and in turn the NHS”
    Jules Goodger volunteers on the ward Saint Francis Hospice Essex, serving meals to the hospice’s patients. Here she tells us what it’s been like to volunteer during the pandemic.
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