Hospices launch joint end-of-life care service for COVID-19

The service is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Clare Bodell
14 April 2020
EOLC

The service will provide rapid and expert support for those at the end of their life.

Adult hospices across Birmingham and Solihull have come together to create a single hub; providing the very best care at end of life during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The new service Hospices of Birmingham and Solihull (HoBS) sees the John Taylor HospiceBirmingham St Mary’s Hospice and the Marie Curie Hospice, West Midlands joining forces to provide rapid and expert support for local people and their families at end of life.

Based at John Taylor Hospice in Erdington, the HoBS team is formed of specialist nurses, supported by palliative care consultants, healthcare assistants, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and administrators, who will be running a telephone hotline service.

The service is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rachel O’Connor, Assistant Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, said: “Across Birmingham and Solihull we have hundreds of specialist hospice staff who will be on call for people, both day and night.

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“Our three adult hospices have seen the current need and acted rapidly to meet that. Working together we can provide the very best of expert care for people at the end of their lives.

“Our aim is to ensure that individuals, their families and professionals receive joined-up and easy to navigate advice, support and access to care across from our dedicated and compassionate hospice teams when they need it the most.”

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