Naomi House & Jacksplace, the region’s specialist hospices for children and young adults, has submitted plans to Government detailing the support the charity could provide in a future vaccination programme.
The hospices, located near Winchester, care for hundreds of life limited children and young adults from Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, the Isle of Wight and beyond.
The charity, which took in and cared for hospital patients during the first Covid 19 wave, could now become a vaccination centre. Vaccines could be administered in multiple clinics by the hospice’s highly skilled nursing team and staff believe they could provide as many as 240 vaccinations a day.
Mark Smith, Chief Executive at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:
This charity was built by the community for the community and we remain mindful that where we can, we should try to give something back. We have the facilities, the staff and the skills to deliver a vaccine to many thousands of people, and I know our care team would welcome the opportunity once again to play an important role in supporting the NHS and the wider public through this unique challenge.
The charity employs around 180 staff, including many highly experienced nurses who would be responsible for administering a vaccine should proposals be adopted.
Naomi House & Jacksplace has submitted its proposals through national charity, Hospice UK, who have provided a vital link between hospices and the Department of Health and Social Care throughout the pandemic.
The charity has continued to offer emergency and end of life care throughout the year, while providing services like sibling support and bereavement counselling remotely. Many fundraising events and activities have been postponed or cancelled, making the task of raising the £9.2 million needed annually more difficult.
For more information on Naomi House & Jacksplace, please visit www.naomihouse.org.uk.