We are now two years on from the first UK lockdown in 2020. We would like to take a moment to reflect on the work that the Children’s Hospice at Home team did over the pandemic.
For the Pepper Foundation and Rennie Grove Hospice Care, it was essential that all of the children and their families continued to receive the specialist home care that is so vital for families caring for children with life-limiting conditions. The early days of the pandemic saw the team working to understand the best way to manage patient needs during a time when the risk to vulnerable children was very high. However, the team soon developed safe working practices, and once the PPE was available, the team quickly adapted to the circumstances and worked solidly through lockdown, caring for 67 children across Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire during 2020-21, helping them to remain safely at home at the heart of their families.
Although the team made fewer in-person visits compared to previous years, the team still carried out hundreds of visits, giving vital care and support to children and their families during the pandemic when many other services had stopped.
Overall, in 2020-21, the Children’s Hospice at Home team spent 3,088 hours providing clinical care for children, visiting them at home, or supporting them by telephone where families were shielding.
We’re very proud to have been able to offer peace of mind to parents who have been shielding their vulnerable children. The teams’ specialist help has been able to keep children out of the hospital and safely at home with their families.
We’re very proud to have been able to offer peace of mind to parents who were shielding their vulnerable children. The teams’ specialist help has been able to keep children out of the hospital and safely at home with their families.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the amazing nursing team at Rennie Grove for supporting families through such a difficult time. We would also like to thank every corporate partner, sponsor, supporter, and volunteer, without whom the work that we fund would not have been possible.