Hospice staff receive Covid-19 vaccines
More than 160 St Catherine’s staff have now had the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, providing added protection and reassurance to patients and their families.
The hospice’s Medical Director, Dr Andrew Fletcher, said: “With the support of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a local GP surgery, St Catherine’s Hospice staff are now receiving Covid-19 vaccinations and to date 161 have received at least the first vaccination.
“Throughout the pandemic we have continued to care for local people with life-shortening illnesses at the hospice and in the community. The vaccine will further help in our efforts to give people the best possible quality of life to the end of life, providing added protection and reassurance to patients and their families, knowing that the people caring for them have been vaccinated.
“We have had to act quickly and adapt our ways of working throughout the pandemic, such as introducing PPE and other safety measures. Many of our services are currently operating remotely and virtually, such as some consultations, bereavement counselling and carers’ support groups.
“It has been an incredible team effort, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our communities for continuing to support St Catherine’s in so many creative and inspiring ways during these difficult and challenging times. Many of our usual fundraising activities are impacted at the moment, such as our fundraising events, charity shops and café, so we really do appreciate our supporters generating vital funds for us in new and exciting ways.”
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