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Derbyshire Charities Join Forces

Stronger together – Two Derbyshire charities join forces to provide more Hospice at Home care to dying patients  

Two Derbyshire charities are joining forces to extend Hospice at Home services to more patients across the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire. 

Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen’s Trust, based in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Bakewell respectively, have been discussing their organisational compatibility for over 12 months, and this formal partnership – officially launched on 7 September 2020 - is the natural progression of the special relationship. 

The charities have been working closely together since April throughout lockdown, delivering over 1,800 hours of care to patients across the Dales and North East Derbyshire , in addition to those in the High Peak, who have life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and motor neurone disease.  

After receiving 120 patient referrals from April to August 2020, 75 patients died in the comfort of their own home with their loved ones by their side – achieving a 100% outcome for the patient’s preferred place of death.

The need for this fundamental care in patient’s homes has never been clearer. A survey found that 82% of people wanted to die at home, but 50% of us die in hospital. Other research found that hospices could help reduce hospital deaths by 50,000 every year, generating £80m of savings for the NHS .

Blythe House’s Hospice at Home service launched in 2016 and since then, has delivered over 48,000 hours of day and night-time care in the comfort of patient’s homes across the High Peak. 

Referral processes for both charity’s services will remain the same and can be made by: 

• Calling 01298 813007 or 01298 811770 for Blythe House 
• Calling 07780 331715 for Helen’s Trust 

To find out more visit: www.blythehousehospice.org.uk

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