LETTER: Working hard for Blythe House

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It’s the time of lists, racing around and making memories. What is fun filled for some, is a testing time for many. 
Our Light up a Life was a chance to stand together in memory and as a community. It was such a wonderful atmosphere, which of course you all helped to create - thank you.
At Blythe House Hospice everyone is busy moving the services forwards to meet the ever growing demand, and as the Government cuts continue this is an ever increasing challenge. We have to be the service that the commissioners want to buy, even though only 30 per cent of our funding is from the Government.
We know 90 per cent of illness is at home, we know most people would choose to stay at home and we know that for the population of High Peak, the nearest hospitals are often Stepping Hill or Macclesfield.
So, I want to keep you up to date with the difference all your support is making. Some things we are busy with:
* Setting up Hospice in the Home service. This will bring care to people’s homes, providing day and night sits for people in the last year of their life. We are very excited. This service starts in spring.
* Producing a three-five year strategy.
* Investing in and developing a 21C database. This is necessary to prove we are making a difference, by 2017 all service providers have to produce this information.
* Linking with regional strategy to ensure Blythe House is factored in to any decisions about who provides our services.
* Improving our connections to the palliative care and discharge teams at Stepping Hill and Macclesfield to obtain data, and a closer working relationship with the clinicians as they care for our patients.
* Working very closely with our fabulous GPs, district nurses, social workers and specialist nurses. As you can see we are busy, busy enjoying our work and moving with the times. 
High Peak and Blythe House Hospice may be small but together we are achieving so much for our community. So thank you all so much for all you do to support us. This Christmas time I wish you all as much peace and fun as life can muster.

Janet Dunphy

Blythe House Hospice