Naomi House & Jacksplace switch to end of life care only

Naomi House & Jacksplace, the region’s specialist hospices for children and young adults, has announced that from Friday 20th March, the charity will temporarily suspend planned respite care at the hospices. Instead, the charity will turn its focus to its end of life care service, as well as preparing to support friends and colleagues in the NHS as required.

Mark Smith, Chief Executive at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:

“As a charity caring for the most medically vulnerable in society, it was an immensely difficult decision to have to temporarily end our respite service for the region’s life limited children and young adults. However, in light of the crisis we face and recent government announcements, we did not feel we could encourage large numbers of high risk individuals to congregate here in the hospice building. As things stand, our dedicated doctors, nurses, carers and support staff continue to man the hospice and stand ready to support children and young adults at the end of their life.”

The charity has also announced a significant drop in fundraising income, with events and community revenues plummeting, and income from shops seeing a decline. Forthcoming events like a fire walk have already been postponed, and other events are under review.

Naomi House Chair, Faith Ramsay, added:

“Clearly Coronavirus presents a significant challenge to the charity and particularly for our care team, but our fundraisers too are feeling significant pressure. There is no doubt that this crisis will have a large impact on our ability to raise money to deliver a comprehensive service. We need our incredible supporters more than ever now, and despite the circumstances, we are confident they will rally to aid us in delivering vital care on good days, difficult days and last days.”

The charity will continue to run its end of life service for as long as is possible, while at the same time working to support children, young adults and families in other ways. It is possible that the service model will have to change again as the Coronavirus situation develops to meet the national need or better support colleagues in the NHS. Mr Smith says that his teams are “ready, responsive and prepared to meet any challenge, because that is the spirit of everyone in the Naomi House Team”.

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