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  • Oct 28, 2020
    The course inspiring young people to support others at the end of life
    ​St Christopher’s Hospice in south east London have been running a summer school for young people interested in end of life care for the last six years. With the disruptions to studies caused by Covid-19 this year, Programme Lead Kathy Morris believed it was more important than ever to offer an extra-curricular opportunity, and so the hospice ran its first ever virtual programme in July. Here she tells us what the students learnt from it.
  • Oct 27, 2020
    Grief & Covid: “Don’t try to find answers”
    It was a decade ago when Jane Harris and her partner Jimmy Edmonds lost their 22-year-old son Josh in a road accident, while he was travelling through south east Asia. The sudden nature of his death, and the fact that they weren’t able to say goodbye to him, bears similarities with the extraordinary circumstances many people are finding themselves in as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic today.
  • Oct 23, 2020
    On the frontline: “We must look after ourselves to be strong enough to care for others”
    Jonathan Riordan is a Consultant in Palliative Care at St Clare Hospice in Essex. His role is usually split between working with patients in the community, on the hospice’s Inpatient Unit, and at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, but during the pandemic he’s been based mostly on the IPU. Still in his first year at the hospice, he shares how the pandemic has affected him and his colleagues.
  • Oct 23, 2020
    ​ Hospice care at home is more important than ever during Covid-19
    With the outbreak of COVID-19 the importance of hospices is proving to be greater than ever. The Hedger family had first-hand experience of this valuable service after their 33-year-old son Andrew was cared for by St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich until his death from bowel cancer in July.
  • Oct 21, 2020
    Hospice befrienders go the extra mile for patients during the pandemic
    Big hearted volunteers at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in Gloucestershire have found some novel ways to overcome the challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic and continue providing friendship and support to patients.
  • Oct 20, 2020
    Hospices’ role in Covid-19 response recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours
    Six individuals who work or volunteer in hospices have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, postponed from June due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Oct 19, 2020
    On the frontline: “It’s a challenging time – it’s ok to feel down”
    Debbie Yates was working as a complementary therapist at St John’s Hospice in Lancaster, until the arrival of Covid-19 led her to retrain as a healthcare assistant. Here she tells us what it’s been like to take on a completely different role during the pandemic.
  • Oct 16, 2020
    Ending inequalities: Working towards a fully inclusive hospice
    Nita Rogers and Heather Richardson, Trustee and Joint Chief Executive respectively at St Christopher’s Hospice in London, tell ehospice about the steps they’re taking to address discrimination and promote inclusivity.
  • Oct 15, 2020
    A new community of learning for nurse prescribers
    Nigel Dodds and Jan Thirkettle, Consultant Nurses at St Christopher’s Hospice in south east London, write about launching a new learning resource to support nurse prescribers.
  • Oct 15, 2020
    “The hospice was the closest place to home our mum could have had”
    Tricia Sanchez was in the final weeks of her life just as the Covid-19 pandemic began. Here her sons Billy and Eric Macinnes share their experience of her care at The Myton Hospice in Warwick, and what it was like to lose their mother during the lockdown.
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