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Coronavirus advice for patients and visitors to the Hospice (Last Updated 6th April 2020)

The Hospice continues to follow Department of Health guidance for staff and visitors to the Hospice. The Hospice Inpatient Unit remains open however we are limiting our visiting to only one person from one household to one patient. No children are allowed to visit. This ensures that we are fulfilling the most up-to-date Government Recommendations and Infection Control Guidance of social distancing and self-isolating of people. We appreciate this is very difficult for families and relatives, but we believe this is the safest way to protect our patients, relatives and staff. Following guidance issued by Public Health England on 2nd April all of our staff and volunteers working on the Inpatient Unit are wearing surgical face masks – this is a precautionary measure to protect both patients and staff and is not linked to any specific infection on the unit. 

We are also requesting that anyone who has been advised to self-isolate or who has with a high temperature or a new continuous cough to refrain from visiting the Hospice. Anyone planning to visit the Hospice for any reason, please access the link below before doing so as this is the most up-to-date information available.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public#advice-for-travellers

Please note that with effect from 16th March 2020 the Hospice cafe and the Living Well Centre will be closed – both for the foreseeable future.

Good hand hygiene is the best way of protecting yourself, our patients and our staff. If you are visiting the Hospice please ensure that you follow the following guidance.

Please wash your hands with soap and water:

  • before leaving home
  • on arrival at the hospice
  • after using the toilet
  • before eating any food, including snacks
  • before leaving the Hospice
  • on arrival at home
  • and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

If you have any specific concerns relating to visiting the Inpatient Unit or attending Medical Outpatient Clinics or Counselling services please contact the Hospice directly for further advice.

Please check this website daily for the most up-to-date advice on visiting as guidance is changing frequently.

Thank you for your help and co-operation.

Liz Taylor, Director of Clinical Services

Dr Fariha Bokhari, Responsible Clinician