More than 500 additional visits have been made to people by a Wolverhampton charity during the Covid19 pandemic.
Compton Care’s Community Nursing Team have completed 503 extra home visits on top of their regular caseload over the last 10 weeks.
The visits, which have helped support 44 different families, would normally have been carried out by district nurses.
Rachel Overfield, Director of Nursing and Supportive Care, said: “The team have worked harder than ever, and we are so proud that over the last 10 weeks they have completed 503 extra home visits, on top of their regular caseload.
“That’s 503 extra visits, across 44 different families, who have received essential support with washing, dressing, personal care, skin care, wound care, reviews of medication and much needed emotional support in the comfort and safety of their own home.
“Not only that, potentially hundreds more people have no doubt been able to access care from our district nursing colleagues who, by Compton taking on some of their work, were freed up to respond to the critical and urgent care needs of people with Covid19 and other illnesses.”
Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic Compton’s clinical and support teams have stepped up to ensure both patients and the local community receive the vital care and support they need.
In April the charity added an extra bed to its Inpatient Unit and also created a temporary five-bed ward in it’s Living Well Centre.
Known as IPU2, the ward has been providing care for patients who would otherwise be in hospital, freeing up beds and valuable resources so the NHS can focus on saving lives.
It has also been lending its support to GPs, care home staff and other healthcare professionals by offering telephone advice on how they can support people with incurable illnesses with the aim of reducing hospital admissions.
Mrs Overfield added: “In good times and in bad times we are here for our patients. It certainly has been the toughest of times, but our extraordinary teams have been dedicated as ever to putting our patients first.
“As well as continuing to support our Compton patients with their specialist palliative care needs, the team have taken on extra district nursing duties supporting even more people with their care needs in the community and now, more than ever before we are so proud and so grateful to our incredible Compton family.”