Your latest update from St Luke's
After a second year heavily impacted by the pandemic, it feels more important than ever to reflect on the year we’ve had and to give you an update on life at St Luke’s.
I’m immensely proud of how the St Luke’s team has continued to care for patients and families in our community, and how our services have continued running through the most difficult circumstances to ensure that we’re here, still caring for Sheffield.
Over the last year, St Luke’s caring teams, community nurses and doctors, have supported nearly 2,000 patients across the city in their own homes, at our In Patient Centre, and in care and nursing homes. We’ve supported families too, safely allowing visitors throughout the pandemic, offering bereavement counselling to those left behind, and much more.
Covid-19 remains a very real challenge to St Luke’s and the safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff remains our priority. With a difficult winter ahead, we’re planning for a steady reintroduction of volunteering activities, as well as the gradual reopening of our day services offering supportive care at our Little Common Lane and Clifford House sites. At all times, we have to be ready to respond to pandemic pressures, and that applies as much to keeping our shops open as it does to providing safe care.
In our latest edition of In Touch below, you can read more about the amazing things St Luke’s has achieved in the last 12 months across our activities – whether clinical, fundraising, retail or volunteering – despite all the challenges we have faced. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been humbled by the kindness, compassion, and generosity of our supporters – thank you.
October 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of St Luke’s opening its doors to the public in Sheffield, thanks to the incredible work of our founder and local GP Eric Wilkes and many dedicated volunteers. From those early days, St Luke’s has cared for over 40,000 patients plus their families; an incredible achievement.
The pandemic has delayed our plans to celebrate, but keep an eye out for future editions of In Touch for how to join in our anniversary year activities throughout 2022. I do hope you can join us at this year’s Festival of Light event on Sunday 5 December – our first opportunity to join together in almost two years and a chance to kickstart our 50th celebrations.