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Hospice nurse shares experiences of one year in a pandemic

Rugby Editorial 25th Mar, 2021   0

A NURSE at a Warwickshire hospice has shared her experiences of the past 12 months since the first UK lockdown.

Senior Staff Nurse Chad Khaira, who has been a nurse with The Myton Hospices for ten years, has reflected on what it has been like on the front line of hospice care after an extremely challenging year.

She said: “When it all started back in March 2020 I was extremely worried that I would get Covid, but more so that I would take it home to my family. I have been exposed to Covid, but thankfully I haven’t caught it. I have been so careful and sacrificed a lot, as have all my family.

“The hardest part of my role is the emotional aspect of caring for patients who are dying and the most rewarding is the difference we make to ensure that they are as comfortable as can be. This has remained the same throughout the year and not changed during the pandemic.

“Although the public closed their doors to protect themselves, we kept open our doors at the hospice. The Clap for Carers on Thursdays was a humbling time as a nurse, but we’ve always provided this care – it’s what Myton is all about.”

The charity’s CEO Ruth Freeman said: “We are incredibly proud of our front line teams and their commitment to providing the very best palliative and end of life care.

“They have been working in a constant crisis situation for 12 months now and continue to play a vital role in the ongoing response to Covid-19. Despite facing huge professional and personal challenges their dedication has not wavered, they have pulled together more than ever to look after our patients, families and each other.”

She also offered her thanks to the local community for their support.

She said: “With your backing we are confident that we can continue to provide our vital services for more people when they need us most, now and in the future.

“Along with our amazing team of staff and volunteers, our patients and their families, you are at the heart of our story, none of this would have been possible without the huge outpouring of kindness, generosity and support you have shown us. Thank you from all of us at Myton, we couldn’t have got through it without you.”

Visit www.mytonhospice.org/one-year to read Chad’s letter in full, and see some of Myton’s milestones from the last 12 months.

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