Hospice in the High Peak to help dying spend last days at home

Blythe House Hospice in the High Peak.
Blythe House Hospice in the High Peak.

A High Peak hospice is rolling out a two-year pilot scheme to allow seriously-ill patients to spend the last days of their lives at home.

Blythe House Hospice, on Eccles Fold, High Peak, has announced its plan thanks to a generous gift to the charity left by a resident in their will.

Hospice director Janet Dunphy said: “Our Hospice at Home service will support people to die at home - if that is their preference - or at least help them to stay at home for as long as possible.”

Blythe House claimed research has indicated the majority of seriously-ill people would prefer to be able to die in their own home.

The hospice aims to recruit a Hospice at Home Team leader and create a Hospice at Home Team by the spring which can be called upon to provide specialist palliative care.

Chairman Tim Mourne, of Blythe House Hospice Trustees, said: “We are hugely grateful to the person who left us the legacy to enable the new Hospice at Home service and we are proud to be in a position to turn their generosity into a lasting gift for our community.”

Blythe House is also seeking volunteer trustees with experience in business or the clinical sector to steer the hospice forward.

Mr Mourne added: “We welcome applications from anyone who believe they can help us in our mission to deliver the highest possible levels of care.”

Those interested can call Anne Hibbs on 01298 816998 or email her via anne.hibbs@blythehouse.co.uk.