Author Archives: Rachel Watkins

Reverend Watson

  Reverend Roy Watson has been Chaplain at Hospice of the Valleys since 2014. As part of his role he regularly visits the Day Centre at the Hospice to chat with our palliative and Dementia groups and will visit a patient in their own home to offer spiritual support if needed. Reverend Watson also conducts…

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Congratulations Emma!

Meet Emma, she is one of the Hospice’s Advanced Clinical Practitioner and has recently completed her Masters, receiving a non-medical prescribing qualification. Emma primarily works at Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan (YAB) and is the link there for any Hospice patients that have been admitted to hospital.  Emma supports those patients who require palliative and also end…

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A Day in the Life of Hospice at Home

My name is Alison and I work as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) for the Hospice at Home (H@H) Team at Hospice of the Valleys, we care for patients overnight in their own homes, within the Blaenau Gwent area. I wanted to share my experience of working as a HCA for the hospice throughout the…

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All in a day’s work

One would assume the role of the clinical admin team is just taking telephone calls and filing patient notes….. But it is far from just this. Throughout the global pandemic we have continued to provide the back up support to our colleagues across the organization and have been the first point of contact for people…

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Bereavement During Covid-19 Study

If you are interested in telling others of your bereavement experience, and any support you have had or are still receiving, please consider this ‘Bereavement during Covid_19 survey’. Your feedback can inform and improve services. Thank you.

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Support for the local care and residential homes.

Here is a testimonial from Rachel at Bridge House around how the Hospice have continued to support them during the pandemic. Even though Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the care homes across the country we have continued to receive the same level of support from Nicola and the hospice throughout.  Though we have…

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The Great Outdoors

There is nothing like a global pandemic to challenge what was once your usual working practice.  Gone were the days of regular house visits and facilitating a variety of bereavement groups and we were faced with a largely unknown future. Contact never stopped, but we had to be versatile, and as usual, come up with…

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Annie’s Story

I don’t know where to start ~ All I know is the Hospice helped my late husband, Phil, who passed away quite recently and myself get through a good few years of utter despair and for that I will always be truly grateful. We first came into contact with the work of the Hospice when…

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