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Hospice Volunteers Deliver Vital Testing to the Vulnerable

Garden House Hospice Care are continuing to adapt our response to the coronavirus pandemic with the recent introduction of Lateral Flow Device Testing at our Hawthorne Centre.

Sue Bailey is the Practice Development Senior Sister at the Hospice, who has worked hard to deliver an education programme for volunteers to safely screen patients visiting Hospice Day Services, visitors to the Hospice and the Inpatient Unit 7 days a week.

“I’m proud to say that after a lot of planning and a lot of logistics, we have successfully trained 14 volunteers to support this vital program.

“In just two weeks of being operational, we have successfully tested over 160 people. We have picked up some positive results and have been able to support them to go home, to isolate, and to do the additional tests required to keep everybody safe. This shows just how crucial this process is in reducing the potential spread of the virus. We are doing everything we can to ensure our patients are able to continue receiving the care and support that they need to help them live well with their diagnosis in these challenging times.”

Shawn is doing his masters in Bio Medical Science and is new to volunteering at the Hospice.

“It’s a great feeling to help out in times of need and really make a difference. We are testing patients as they come to the Hawthorne Centre, whether it be those who visit for physio sessions or those who are coming to visit their loved ones on the Inpatient Unit. The training was excellent and I’ve really enjoyed getting out of the house and meeting new people in a safe environment.”

Elaine has volunteered at Garden House Hospice Care in several roles before and wanted to help the Hospice with this new role in lockdown.

“I was getting bored in lockdown and thought this was a good opportunity for me to get out and make a difference.

"I feel like I’m really helping the Hospice, getting patients in to see therapists and also allowing Inpatient visitors to come in to see their loved ones. It’s so valuable.”

The coronavirus pandemic has stopped a lot of things over the last year, but the care and support Garden House Hospice Care provides continues to those who need it most in our community.

To find out more about the Hospice’s services, visit or call 01462 679540.


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