Hospice Care Week 2020


Cornwall Hospice Care is proud to be part of the family of more than 200 hospices across the UK that work with and within local communities to support individuals and families with end of life care.

With the world dealing with the effects of COVID-19, expert end of life care is more important than ever and Hospice Care Week from 5th to 11th October 2020 recognises and celebrates this.

One of the key themes that keeps coming up when we talk about the care we provide is TIME.  So much of what we do at Cornwall Hospice Care is about giving our patients and their loved ones time in many different ways.

So this year we celebrated the week exploring the theme of “We have the time to…” and you can revisit our stories, insights, blogs, podcasts, Facebook Live broadcasts and much more by clicking on the links below.


Monday 5th October

We kicked off Hospice Care Week 2020 with a live broadcast on our Facebook page from our St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle with Director of Clinical Services, Gina Starnes, launching our theme of “We have the time to…”.  You can watch it back via our YouTube channel HERE.

We’ve also released a new episode of our Podcast “Two Old Choughs: A Tale of Two Hospices” looking at the importance of “We have time to look after each other” – click HERE to listen or where ever you normally listen to your podcasts.  Plus we also have a blog from our Chief Executive, Paul about “We have the time to… value everyone” which you can read HERE.

Tuesday 6th October

Tuesday was the 40th birthday of our Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and hospice care in Cornwall, plus 21 years since the building of St Julia’s Hospice!  You can watch back our Facebook Live broadcast with interviews, singing and of course, cake on our YouTube channel HERE.

Many of you joined in wishing us Happy Birthday on your social media and you can watch back some of the lovely birthday messages we received HERE.

Wednesday 7th October

Wednesday morning saw us hear from one of our ward sisters, Lou Ranford  who gave an insight into the individualised care we provide.  Watch Lou on our YouTube channel HERE.

Our Therapy Team share how we work with patients to help achieve what is important to them – read more HERE.  We also shared the story of Lymphoedema patient, Simon on how we’ve improved his quality of life.  Read his blog HERE.

Thursday 8th October

On Thursday we shared a blog from ward sister Sally Davies about the importance of time spent getting to know patients and their loved ones.  Read Sally’s blog HERE.

We also highlighted the role our support teams play in making sure our hospices are safe and peaceful environments for all, and touching on how important pets are to all of us, including our patients!

Friday 9th October

We were back at St Julia’s Hospice on our Facebook page – this time reporting from the kitchen with chef, Clare on how important food is at our hospices.  Watch it back on our YouTube channel HERE.

Later in the day, we shared some of the feedback we receive from friends and family who’ve experienced our care and there’s another new episode of our Podcast “Two Old Choughs: A Tale of Two Hospices”.  Listen on Spotify, Google or Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and other apps or just pop to our podcast website page HERE.

Saturday 10th October

Saturday was all about the time we have to collaborate with others and to share our expertise.  Throughout the day we looked at the ways our Education Team work with care homes, arrange student and GP training placements and much more.  You can read a blog HERE from Sheridan – who had a 7 week placement with us as part of her Nursing Associate course. Take a look at our Education section of the website HERE.

Sunday 11th October

On Sunday our thoughts turned to the amazing support we receive which helps to fund the care we provide and we looked at the affect that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on our funding.

We went live on our Facebook Page at 6pm to wrap up Hospice Care Week with a Question & Answer session from our Mount Edgcumbe Hospice with our panel answering your questions, busting myths and giving an insight into our Cornish hospices.  Watch it back on our YouTube Channel HERE.

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