We wanted to introduce the amazing Beaumond House team and their thoughts and experiences of working here...
Meet Sue Clarke, who is one of our wonderful Health Care Assistants
In the Queen's speech to the nation on the 75th VE day anniversary, she said:
"...But our streets are not empty, they are filled with the love & care that we have for each other... When I see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride; that we are still a nation that those in WW2 (paraphrase) would recognise & admire.."
With hand on heart, I can honestly say, I have seen & experienced a spirit of care & concern at Beaumond House that is very special for sure.
To start with, a new WhatsApp group began in March, which has become a hotbed of much needed laughter, care & concern and shift swapping between care staff, so that patients get the support they need at a sensitive & difficult time.
Hand made protective visors (PPE) for staff to wear at work were provided & get this; they were designed & made by the spouse of one of our local GP's, how creative is that?
There's been sharing of equipment such as masks between care homes, so when a sister care home or us, is in short supply of PPE, we share what we've got within the group. That really is, share-and-share-alike!
Nursing colleagues and members of the BH board of directors, keep us updated with Covid 19 requirements & timely messages. Support comes in many guises such as letters of encouragement & thanks, hand made laundry bags for our uniforms & various cakes of all shapes & creations from the public. Donations have also come in, both monetary as well as diverse foodstuffs from TK Max and many others.
The list is very long of the kindnesses shown both to us & demonstrated within us as a team. Whilst Covid 19 was & is an unwelcome guest on our shores, and indeed every country's, the virus has somehow brought out the best in us. The compassion for our patients & each other that the Queen referred to, has blossomed further still. We are being honed & pruned which is pulling us together in ways we perhaps never dreamed of before!
As King George 6th (our Queen's dad) said when VE day actually happened;
"...never give up, never despair..."
And it looks as though Beaumond House Hospice listened & put those words into practice.
With thanks & admiration for my colleagues in the whole Beaumond House team.
Sue Clarke (HCA)
Meet Sally who is our Care Services Administrator:
"I joined Beaumond House in March as care services administrator, right in the midst of the pandemic which was and still is a very strange and difficult time for the Hospice.
Despite what's going on, everybody I’ve met and have spoken to over the phone has made me feel so welcome and part of the team but have also shown how passionate they are about Beaumond House and how much they care about every single patient, which really reiterated to me why I wanted to work here so much.
I do feel very honoured to be a part of this amazing team".