Overgate Hospice is ‘hear for you’

April 22, 2020

Overgate Hospice’s Hear For You has launched to help us all through difficult times.

A telephone service has launched to provide emotional support in Calderdale to:

  • Relatives of patients being cared-for in any health or social care facility in relation to Covid-19.
  • Relatives of patients who may be cared for at the Nightingale Ward in Harrogate.
  • All relatives of end-of-life patients.
  • Bereaved relatives who can only attend funerals at the crematorium or burial in restricted numbers.
  • Any health professional providing a frontline service in response to Covid-19.

The HEAR FOR YOU phone line will operate between 10am and 6pm, 7 days a week, to provide a listening ear to support those in need in relation to Covid-19.

Anyone who requires further help will be signposted to other services ranging from practical and financial assistance through to specialist bereavement, spiritual and psychological support.

Poster showing Overgate Hospice’s support line on 01422 378172

Jet Hardinge, Overgate Hospice Psychotherapist/Counselling Coordinator, Co-leader of the service said: “Covid-19 is having a huge impact on all our lives: loneliness and isolation – arising from the loss of freedom due to the impact of the lockdown restrictions; fear – when someone close become ill; helplessness – when loved ones receive hospital care and normal visiting is prohibited; intense grief – magnified by the current limitations surrounding attendance at funerals; immense stress and strain being experienced daily by our front-line health care professionals.

“HEAR FOR YOU offers people a confidential space to talk about that impact and emotional support when individuals need it the most.”

Rev Andy Thewlis, Overgate Hospice Chaplain and co-leader of the service says, “As the pandemic continues more and more people will be directly affected and many will experience moments of darkness and despair when everything seems out of control.

“Finding someone to share the journey with and stand alongside you in difficult circumstances, when dreams have been stolen, can be a great comfort.

“HEAR FOR YOU is a place to find someone who will listen, empathise and provide compassionate care.”

The telephone number to call is 01422 378172, 7 days a week from 10am-6pm.

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