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Our Day Services have reopened

A much-loved service at Eden Valley Hospice has now successfully reopened after being closed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The physical doors of the hospice’s Day Services, formerly known as the Day Hospice, had to be closed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus and have had to remain shut throughout the pandemic.

But this spring Day Services have once again been able to welcome patients back to the hospice and following a successful one day per week reopening, staff are now expanding its offering over more days.

The service offers supportive care for people living with life limiting illnesses and helps with things such as symptom control, holistic care, rehabilitation, carer support, complimentary therapy and advanced care planning.

Deborah Skelton, Day Services’ Team Lead, said: “It’s really amazing to have Day Services finally back open again after two years meaning local patients can now access medical and nursing assessments in person, holistic care, peer support, complementary therapies, craft activities, legacy work, future planning and vital support for families and carers.

“At the time of the Covid-enforced closure we were supporting 39 patients and their families weekly and although our physical doors weren’t open, we kept in touch with patients through regular telephone calls to help manage symptoms, signpost to other professionals and the Covid support groups.”

Throughout the pandemic a number of new ways of interacting with patients was established, such as an interactive hub on the hospice website, allowing things like virtual relaxation sessions and online activities to be shared and a new online forum has been setup to allow patients to communicate outside of their sessions.

Deborah added: “While the pandemic did really impact the hospice and our patients, it has allowed us to take stock of the service and look at ways we can improve our offering and re-emerge from Covid-19 better than ever. It’s brilliant to be able to say we’re back supporting our patients again and we’ll continue to look at ways we can continue to make our Day Services the best they can be.

“As someone who came to work at the hospice following the death of my own mother here, I know only too well how important hospice care is.”