Businesses encouraged to support Dorothy House through pandemic

By Anita Jaynes on 9 April, 2020

Dorothy House has launched its ‘Stepping Up Support’ appeal to help raise funds for its clinical teams and provide extra care for the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In response to rising demand for patient care, Dorothy House has developed new ways to provide care for local people, including increasing inpatient bed capacity with a new ward.

The charity is now turning to the local business community for support to help step up its response to the pandemic. The appeal aims to provide funding for palliative and end of life patient care over the coming months. 

As over 70 per cent of the care provided by Dorothy House is usually paid for by fundraising support from the community, this appeal will also help replace lost income due to closed charity shops and cancelled fundraising events.

Dr Emma Frampton, Medical Director at Dorothy House, said, “There is no hesitation on our part. We have seen the need created by the pandemic and we’re acting now to extend our services, support the NHS and protect the most vulnerable in our community. My nursing team are stepping up to help and we know our amazing local communities will do everything they can to support this urgent appeal. Thank you.”

Dorothy House has opened a temporary Inpatient Ward and eight new beds within existing therapy rooms at the Hospice in Winsley, with the support of the NHS. This service will care for patients who would otherwise be in hospital, helping to reduce pressure on NHS services already working hard to protect local people.

During the pandemic, Dorothy House nurses and carers are also increasing care for people in their own homes. Patients isolating at home continue to be supported by the Hospice’s clinical and family support teams to maintain vital contact, either with home visits, a 24-hour advice line or remotely by phone or video calls. 

The Hospice is also developing new tools such as videos of physiotherapy exercises made by the Dorothy House Therapies team to help patients stay active at home.

Wayne de Leeuw, CEO at Dorothy House, said, “During the Covid-19 outbreak we’ll be caring for more inpatients than ever before at the Hospice as well as continuing patient care in the community.  We are working closely with the NHS to help care for discharged patients who require further inpatient care.  When someone in our community reaches the end of life, we have only one chance to support them with the best care we can provide. Palliative care is critical work and becomes even more vital at a time like this. With more patients to look after we must make sure everyone receives compassionate care and support. The COVID-19 outbreak is already having a huge impact on our community and our mission is to step up and deliver essential care when it matters most.”

As well as seeking funding from the appeal, the Hospice is also asking for volunteer support during the Covid-19 emergency. While Dorothy House also has a strong team of existing volunteers, this will allow Hospice doctors and nurses to focus care where they are needed the most.  Volunteers could be asked to help remotely by keeping in contact with patients either online or by phone or by dropping off supplies or checking on people in person.

To donate to the Stepping Up Support Appeal as a one-off or regular payment or to register to volunteer, visit the Dorothy House website.