Purple House Cancer Support
Purple House Cancer Support Centre was also featured on RTE.ie on 15 April 2020, supported by the #CommunityResponseIRL campaign.
Founded in 1990, Purple House Cancer Support is Ireland’s first community-based cancer support centre.
As soon as the restrictions for COVID-19 were announced, Purple House Cancer Support Centre established a COVID-19 Cancer Support Team to move all physical services out of the Cancer Support Centre and instead start offering them in a non-contact online environment.
These services include:
- Telephone Counselling - to ensure that cancer patients are supported from their hospital bed or the comfort for their own home.
- Hospital Transport - to ensure that cancer patients can continue to access their chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.
- Food Hampers - to ensure that patients don't have to compromise their immune systems by visiting busy supermarkets.
- Remote Classes on Facebook Live and through Zoom - to ensure that patients and family members can still stay connected and take part in Purple House's cancer survivorship programmes.
- Distribution of Purple House Snoods (headgear) to be used as Face-masks - with the shortage of face masks and the need for them to be kept for medical staff, Purple House snoods make a perfect face-mask.