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SAVE NHS Nascot Lawn Children's Respite Services

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On Friday 16th June, Many families across Hertfordshire received the devastating news that due to NHS budget Cuts funding for Nascot Lawn Children’s Respite Service will be no more. Nascot Lawn will therefore close on 31st October 2017.

 Nascot Lawn Respite Services provide regular overnight respite and care for children and young adults with severe learning and physical disabilities with additional complex medical needs. A day care service for children under 5 is also provided.

 Nascot Lawn allows parent and carers to take a much needed break, Confident in the knowledge that their child is receiving the highest standard of care by familiar staff. The staff are made up of an experienced team of qualified Learning Disability and Sick Children Nurses and trained Health Care Support Workers. The staff strive to meet all children's and young adults emotional and physical care needs along provided them with activities that they enjoy.  Many of the Parents and Carers see the staff as an extension of their families. Nascot Lawn is described as ‘Home from Home’. It deeply saddens us that the well loved Staff face losing their jobs also.

 Looking after a loved one can be enormously rewarding, But it can also be both utterly physically and mentally exhausting.  Without vital breaks provided by Nascot Lawn Respite Services, Carers can often reach breaking point where they can no longer continue and their own physical and mental health deteriorates as a result.

 On the NHS Nascot Lawn website itself they quote

“ This care enables families to continue to look after children with very complex needs in their own home”

What is more vital than that?

Trust us we understand how strained the NHS is at the moment. We have first hand experience of this. BUT how can it be right to cut vital services from the most vulnerable of society.

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