Seriously ill children and their families will continue to get hospice help despite the coronavirus lockdown.
A virtual hospice has been established by the charity behind Rachel House to offer vital support and entertainment by phone and video to those who are self-isolating or unable to visit a hospice.
Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) will take its hospices to children with life-shortening conditions, allowing them to enjoy storytelling, virtual Clowndoctor visits and other activities at home.
Families can also access nursing, medical and pharmacy advice as well as support in bereavement, financial advice and information about coronavirus.
Rami Okasha, the charity’s chief executive officer, said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for everyone, particularly for families caring for children who will die young.
“CHAS will be alongside those families in every way we can and that’s where our virtual hospice comes in.
“Many families we support are self-isolating and our two hospices have to prioritise end-of-life and crisis care right now.
“For families who can’t come to the hospice, we will take our hospice to them.
“Our nurses will be reaching out to families to offer advice and support. Our dedicated volunteers will make friendship calls to ensure parents never feel alone. Our specialist teams are on hand to provide clinical advice and keep children smiling with a suite of great activities.
“We can do all that, ensuring face-to-face care is prioritised for emergencies and crisis.”
“Keeping the joy alive is at the very heart of everything we do at CHAS but it goes without saying it’s putting more strain on our resources just when fundraising is hardest.
“We really need your help to keep our services running and help us adapt our care to those who need it most.”
CHAS is supporting the NHS and Scottish Government’s national effort.
Staff working from home are helping to sustain care packages for children at home and is working with Scotland’s three children’s hospitals.
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