A Message of Thanks from One Gloucestershire End of Life Care Team
Every Name is a Person - Support for Staff during Covid-19
The care you are all providing is vital! as a key part of our One Gloucestershire Health and Social Care family, we want to thank you for all that you continue to do. Covid-19 has created situations for everyone that we could never have imagined and we know that you have all faced incredibly difficult times over the past year. The rollout of the vaccine is giving us all renewed hope. However, we are still grappling with the virus, still seeing people becoming sick and sadly dying. Many people are also living in greater isolation from their loved ones.
Every Name is a Person campaign was launched early on during the pandemic, recognising the importance of being honest with not only our community but also each other. There are many different aspects of care and during this difficult time we aren’t always able to deliver them as we would like but despite this we will always try to provide the best care we can to every person that we support. A toolkit has been produced to help you containing important information on taking care of yourselves and each other. It also gives tips on holding remote conversations and guidance on providing spiritual care where priests/rabbis/imams or other spiritual leaders cannot physically attend. More information on the Every Name is a Person toolkit and campaign are available here
Across Gloucestershire Hospitals, we have been using a lovely wooden Dandelion to support bereavement and there is information here on how to find these wooden tokens and bereavement cards if you wish to use them.
We are very aware you have lots of communications and so are making this short and to the point. If you want to seek more support/clarify any points highlighted, please don’t hesitate to get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org or call the GHFT Specialist Palliative Care Team 0300 422 5370