Naomi House children's hospice RE-OPENS for some respite care

Naomi House children's hospice RE-OPENS for some respite care

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:39am 13th May 2020.

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The Hampshire site had suspended their services when the Covid-19 lockdown began and offered bed spaces to the NHS.

Now that the coronavirus curve has started to be flattened, the charity's set to re-open for emergency respite for families with life-limited children.

Their young adults hospice, Jacksplace, will remain temporarily closed for 'extensive maintenance work'.

The site welcomed patients from nearby Hampshire hospitals to be cared for by trained Naomi House staff.

Naomi House and Jacksplace May 2020
Naomi House will initially offer emergency respite care for children with life-limiting conditions

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

"We can be extremely proud of the part we have played in helping the NHS cope during the Covid-19 crisis but now, as all signs point to the peak having been passed, we can turn our attention back to our core mission and supporting life limited children from across the south.

"While this isn't business as usual and it may be some time until we open fully for planned respite, it is an important step towards once again providing the full and comprehensive service that local families so desperately need."

End of life care for children and young adults has kept running at the charity's hospice throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so.

The family support team has also been helping families during lockdown by providing virtual services like social work, bereavement counselling, sibling support and play therapy.

Naomi House and Jacksplace May 2020
The children's hospice charity is hoping to get their services fully back to normal as soon as it's safe to do so

DONATIONS STILL NEEDED

Naomi House and Jacksplace works with more than 500 families across the South, and employs more than 180 staff.

They need to raise £9.2 million every year to keep services running, and the current crisis has severely hit their fundraising revenue.

They've been coming up with ways to bring donations in to the charity at this time, such as their online live music sessions and by challenging people to have a go at lockdown haircuts in support of the children's hospices.

You can find out more about the charity by visiting the Naomi House and Jacksplace website.

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