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Here at City Hospice, our usual work goes on – we are continuing to work through the pandemic providing palliative care advice and support to the community of Cardiff.

People may be directly affected by coronavirus – where they or a member of the family has had the infection, or has had to self-isolate as a result.

We of course continue to see people who have other illnesses but whose care options may be altered as a result of the pandemic. We understand as well the great impact of the current no visiting rules for hospitals, care homes and nursing homes

Everything has changed – and everyone is affected.

By working together with colleagues and with our patients and families, we can and will find a way through. What can be helpful in general is for everyone to expect these different arrangements.  Care will be there, but just in a different way. Teams may comprise varying numbers and different people as a result of health and social care professionals themselves having to self-isolate at different times.

Usual arrangements for seeking prescriptions or medications may be altered and so forward planning is needed. Different ways of communicating with those who people are unable to visit are useful to explore. This is also a time where sensitive shared communication within families is useful to explore what people may or may not want to happen if they are less well.

It goes without saying that we will continue to do all we can to help and support.

We have added some general information around caring for people, breathlessness, support and bereavement to the City Hospice website in the hope it will be useful.

 General information

Everyone has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  UK government provides regular updates on the guidance to try to slow the spread of the virus. These can be found here

The impact on communities and provision of health care and care has been significant. People are becoming ill as a result of the virus, or are at risk of catching the virus in addition to other health conditions. This is resulting in extra caution being needed. The impact of the social distancing measures and isolation imposed has been great.

Here at City Hospice, we continue to provide palliative care support to our community, together with colleagues from primary care. There may be less choice in preferred place of care . So we would like to signpost you to some useful links if you are looking after someone at home as a result of the pandemic.

Dr Fiona Rawlinson, Consultant in Palliative Medicine

 

Patient Services Update

Patient Services Update

During the Covid 19 outbreak our commitment remains the same - to ensure people facing terminal illness, receive the care and compassion they deserve, Our frontline staff continue to care for Cardiff. We are following Government guidance and adapting to change but are very much still in the Community caring for our patients when they need us most.

Terri Gazi, our Lead Nurse will provide regular updates here with how the Coronavirus is affecting day to day life at City Hospice

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Social Care

Social Care

We at City Hospice will be able to provide information on local support, care options and advice regarding additional arrangements that may be helpful for different situations. There are a number of volunteer organisations that have arisen as a result of community action in response to the pandemic. We hope that you find this information useful.

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Breathlessness Management Guide

Breathlessness Management Guide

Breathlessness is one of the symptoms that can be particularly troublesome as a result of the coronavirus infection, or from other illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) , Pulmonary fibrosis or advanced heart failure. There are some simple ways to try to manage and control breathing

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Breathlessness Management Guide

Coping with Grief and Loss

The coronavirus pandemic has brought many more people into contact with grief and bereavement, possibly for the first time. Understanding the usual responses to death and loss can help the grieving process.

This may all feel very strange and very isolating. However there are some things that may help you through this particularly challenging time.

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Hospice UK Caring for your dying relative at home with COVID19

Hospice UK Caring for your dying relative at home with COVID19

Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care. Hospice Vice President Baroness Finlay is from Llandaff. She has authored guidance to support people who are caring for someone who is dying at home from COVID-19 infection.

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Covid 19 Urgent Appeal

Covid 19 Urgent Appeal

We urgently need your support during the COVID 19 Crisis. We ask the community to support City Hospice so that we can continue to provide essential nursing care. If you can, please donate to City Hospice today.

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Terri Gazi, Lead Nurse, Relaxation Video

Terri Gazi, Lead Nurse, Relaxation Video

At this time it's important that we all take time out to relax.

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Supporting our Community, Support your City Hospice

We would like to update our supporters and families on the current impact Coronavirus (Covid 19) is having on the operations of City Hospice. Our priority remains to provide care and support to people living with life limiting and terminal illness. Our clinical team continue to deliver essential care during this unprecedented time. We hope that you will all join us in supporting our exceptional team as they continue to provide care for some of the most vulnerable people in Cardiff.

On behalf of the City Hospice team, thank you for your continued support, which allows our charity to care for patients in our community.

For more details on the how Coronavirus is impacting City Hospice please click here. 

To make a donation to City Hospice and support us during this challenging time please click here.

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