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Young carers group helped me to cope

26th January 2012

Dawn, aged 43.
The Young Carers Group helped me to cope during the most difficult time of my life.  My husband was terminally ill with a brain tumour and was very close to the end of his life.  My daughters Camille, aged 5, and Imogen, aged 2, were distraught watching their Daddy’s daily struggle to stay with them.  Every month I came to the Young Carers Group with my daughter Camille where she met other children in a similar position and I had the chance to meet other parents facing similar issues to me.  We became a close and supportive group very quickly and for a few hours it gave me some respite.  I will always be grateful to everyone I met at the group for their honesty, care and support.  I know that we could not have mended our broken hearts without the care of St. Richard’s Hospice.

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Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
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