Rowcroft Hospice says it is 'facing significantly increased demand for patient services' due to the Covid-19 pandemic - with some retired nurses rejoining the organisation to help during this crisis.
Rowcroft's South Devon Hospice at Home nurses are caring for 'unprecedented numbers of patients with life-limiting illnesses - some showing symptoms'.
Bosses warn the pressure has been 'exacerbated by a significant number of nurses and healthcare staff having to self-isolate or work differently due to being in the ‘at risk’ category themselves'.
Gill Horne, Rowcroft’s Director of Patient Care, said: "The response by staff and volunteers at Rowcroft has been humbling.
"Where possible, staff with nursing or care-worker backgrounds from different parts of our organisation are redeploying to support patient care.
"Our teams are showing incredible courage and resilience, providing expert care to patients living with life-limiting illnesses, including those with COVID-19.
"Staff and volunteers are doing everything they can to help our patients and their families to make the most of every moment, even during these challenging times.
“For patients being cared for at the end of their lives, it is crucial that they have a choice about how and where they would like to die.
“We know that 80% of patients would prefer to die at home with their loved ones around.
"Through our Hospice at Home service and our community team, we are helping patients to achieve this.
“We are balancing staying safe, keeping others safe, and continuing to support patients.
“We are providing remote support and consultations to patients and their families, as well as visiting patients where needed.
“Despite huge pressures, I’d like to reassure everyone that our care teams are doing everything possible – day and night – to continue caring for those most vulnerable.
“I am at a loss to describe the gratitude that I feel towards our care teams.
"We are heavily indebted to them for their invaluable service to the community at this time.”
For further information about Rowcroft’s work during the crisis www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk