We celebrate Hospice Care Week 2021 by celebrating all we have achieved over the last year and beyond.

When I look back over the last year, of course it’s been tough. But there is a lot for us all at Trinity to be proud of. We got through the most challenging time we’ve ever faced and continued to provide our care to everyone who needed it; people experiencing symptoms we hadn’t seen before and patients who were deteriorating quickly.

We got through it because we had each other. We couldn’t hug each other, or offer a supportive touch in difficult times, but listened and knew we could talk honestly with each other about what we had seen and what we were scared of.

And we got through it because we knew we had the support of our community. We saw your messages and kind words. We received your treats and goodie bags. We heard how you donated to our appeal so we could look to the future with positivity, knowing we would get through it and continue to care for everyone who would need us in the future.

Now, as things start to look a bit more ‘normal’, we have a lot to look forward to.

We’ve been able to look back at the opportunities given to us over the last year, and move forward with some of the changes that very quickly came into play, like virtual meetings with care homes and even patients to save a journey and free up time. We’ve extended our Hospital Team so now we’re there seven days a week, and we’re working in A&E so a palliative patient can be fast tracked either back home with support or into the hospice to save an unwanted and unnecessary hospital admission.

We will always do our very best to make sure that all of our patients, no matter where they are – in the hospice, in hospital or in their own home – receive the outstanding care we promise. And this week, as we celebrate Hospice Care Week, we want to thank everyone in our community and beyond, who has helped to make sure that we can.

Find out more about Hospice Care Week at Trinity Hospice

Watch Kate’s interview here