It’s been nine months since coronavirus forced us all to change how we live our everyday lives. It’s been a hugely challenging time and yet despite the lows there have also been moments of joy, laughter and positivity; and that is certainly the case here at Heart of Kent Hospice.
While the pandemic has been challenging for all of us, we’ve seen the most amazing acts of kindness, thoughtfulness, and a resurgence of community spirit throughout 2020. The events of this year have further cemented our Hospice’s important role in the local community and just how vital that compassionate care is.
The whole Hospice team has adjusted to new ways of working. We’re all embracing new technologies to ensure that our care continues across all our services. With many of our 900 patients shielding or choosing to self-isolate, both phone and video conferencing is enabling our teams to stay in touch, assess patients, and respond quickly and efficiently to their needs.
We’re continuing to work closely with our fellow healthcare workers in the NHS and share our expertise with local care homes to support them with caring for residents who are struggling with symptoms or dying from coronavirus.
But, sadly, we’re already beginning to see the impact of coronavirus on local families that missed treatment or diagnosis. Referrals to our Hospice in November reached a record level.
We’ve been hugely motivated (and at times reduced to tears) by messages of support, gifts to the Hospice and the incredible ways that people are raising money to support us and remember the lives of a loved one.
Through the generous support of our local community, some Government support and the periodic re-opening of our 14 shops the imminent threat to our funding has thankfully eased, for now. However, now we must plan for 2021 and navigate our way through the continued uncertainty that is sure to follow.