Facilities extended for coronavirus.  We have greatly expanded our 10 bedded in-patient unit to a maximum total of 26 beds to support the national coronavirus response and need in our community, and from Thursday 16 April the Katharine House Response Centre is now fully operational.
Our Chief Executive, Angharad Orchard, said: “The coronavirus pandemic is an unparalleled health emergency which requires an unprecedented response. As a local provider of specialist care, Katharine House Hospice is well-placed to quickly support the NHS by providing staffing and our facilities during this crisis.
We are proud that the Katharine House Response Centre will provide much-needed support to our NHS colleagues and care for people in our community who have been so supportive of our hospice for so many years.
Over the last week, we have been working with the NHS and funding commissioners to draw up plans and operationalise these in order to re-purpose our hospice building to enable us to significantly extend our service and accommodate the additional beds and equipment required to support the national coronavirus response.
The hospice will also continue to support our current patients, and local people diagnosed with a life-limiting illness over the coming weeks will still be able to access Katharine House’s services.
A major consideration for us was how we can care for as many people as possible over the coming weeks and continue to provide as many of our existing services as possible whilst also looking after those diagnosed with coronavirus. During this crisis, we have adapted our ways of working to ensure our services are still there for patients and families when they need us. Our teams will continue to ensure a high level of joined-up care and support for all our patients.”
The situation is changing rapidly. Katharine House will continue to review its approach in collaboration with local health services, to ensure that its staff and facilities are used in the most effective way possible during these difficult times, to respond to the needs of people in our community who are facing a life-limiting illness.

Please check our website www.khh.org.uk to check up to date information and guidance for visiting the hospice during Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Help to ensure Katharine House can continue to make every moment matter:
• Make a donation by post, online (www.khh.org.uk/donate) or by phone (01295 811 866)
• Spread the word to friends, family and colleagues that your hospice needs the ongoing support of our community.
• Be a regular giver – join the hospice’s lottery by standing order and be in with a chance of winning £1,000 every week (www.khh.org.uk/lottery).

Balloon Race – 2 June
Take part in the 100% environmentally friendly virtual balloon race and raise money whilst having fun with family, friends and colleagues. Each balloon costs £3 and you can personalise it your way. All the balloons will be launched on Tuesday 2 June. The balloon that has reached the furthest when the race finishes 7 days later, will win a prize: 1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: Apple iPad 3rd Prize: 10 x lucky winner £10 book vouchers www.khh.org.uk/balloon.

2.6 Challenge
Katharine House is joining the UK’s charities and taking part in the 2.6 Challenge. Join us, and help raise funds to support our work, there are so many fun ways to get involved, to find out more head to www.khh.org.uk/26challenge

Virtual Quiz – Every Tuesday
Join with family and friends, at a distance, and take part in our weekly quiz. There are prizes to be won and fun to be had, all whilst supporting those with life-limiting illness in our community. Sign up at www.khh.org.uk/quiz

Shopping on Line?
Are you looking for a new book to read? A DVD to watch? A gift to give? Then why not take a look at our Ebay shop and continue to enjoy shopping at home. As our high street shops had to close due to the current government guidelines, lots of our wonderful products are now available online just head to https://www.khh.org.uk/katharine-house-hospice-ebay-shop

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