In response to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and government’s declaration of a national disaster, Reach for Recovery has decided to suspend breast cancer patient support services in public and private hospitals with immediate effect. We understand and support the decision by many hospitals to restrict the number of visitors to patients in hospital. We also understand the risk of groups of people gathering at various settings and therefore we will also be suspending public education on breast health with immediate effect.
“The decision to suspend our services was not taken lightly”, says Stephné Jacobs, Board Chairperson of RFR, “but we are confident that it is the best way to protect the health of our patients, other members of the public as well as our volunteers”. She added: “We fully support our government’s actions to help curb the spread of this virus.”
Reach for Recovery volunteers are willing and able to provide comprehensive telephonic support to patients who need our support service, Members of the public who need information on breast health are welcome to visit our website at www. www.reachforrecovery.org.za or even chat to us on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/Reach4RecoverySA.
“Everybody of course is scared of the unknown but we are taking the necessary precaution we can to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible,” Stephné concluded.