London’s first Children’s Hospice supports the NHS during Lockdown
Published: January 26, 2021
Richard House Children’s Hospice is a sanctuary for over 200 life-limited children and their families. We are supporting the NHS through the admission of long-term ventilated children who would otherwise have remained in hospital. This enables the NHS to care for more COVID-19 patients as cases within the local community rise.
Many of the children and families at Richard House are extremely vulnerable and need shielded care during the pandemic. We increased our hospice at home service, delivering respite care in the family home, with 230%, a total of 4260 hours, across North East London in 2020. We have also continued to deliver step down care from hospital to home as well as end of life and post bereavement care during the third lockdown.
Libby Basson, Director of Care said:
“We will continue to support the NHS and our community and continue to deliver Hospice at Home. The safety of our children and families, staff and volunteers come first, with the increased risk the new variant of COVID-19 poses we have increased our safety measures”
In order to maximise safety only essential staff and visitors are allowed within the hospice building and are subjected to screening and rapid testing prior to entering the hospice. Enhanced infection control and cleaning has been implemented and Richard House is supported by Hospice UK to ensure sufficient supplies of the correct PPE to protect staff, visitors and the children and young people we care for.
The Richard House family would like to extend their thanks to the hardworking care team. We rely heavily on the generosity of donors to carry out our vital work for seriously ill children and their families. With the rise of the recession, a gap in fundraising income in the future is likely coupled with high, national unemployment rates, support a life today: