Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Management - East Cheshire Hospice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Management

East Cheshire Hospice care for people with life-limiting illnesses so it is important in the current Coronavirus situation that we take all reasonable steps to protect the well-being of those using our services, our staff and volunteers.

 

If you are feeling unwell for any reason:

  • Contact 119 who will advise you on the best way for the NHS to support you
  • If you have a continuous new cough, a temperature of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher or a loss of taste/smell, then please self-isolate even if you have had no contact with a confirmed case.

East Cheshire Hospice @Home Service and Inpatient Ward remain open to new referrals and staff are working hard to maintain our high standards of care in very challenging circumstances. We are nursing all patients with the recommended Personal Protective Equipment and maintaining social distancing regulations within the unit and where possible in patient’s own homes.

Our Sunflower centre is now open again and our outpatient appointments have resumed.

Our Adult and Child family support services remain open and also supported by telehealth or video consultations.

 

Visiting the Hospice Guidance

From the 16th of August 2021, government restrictions have changed from legal requirements to cautious guidance.

 

For the patients who are admitted for Symptom Management / Assessment:

  • Visiting days will now be 7 days a week, Monday-Sunday between the hours of 11am-8pm
  • The patient can have a maximum 2 visitors at the bed side at any one time, no pre-booking is required

 

For patients who are nearing the end of their life:

  • Visiting will be at the discretion of the nurse in charge.
  • We would ask that you always adhere to hand washing guidance and wear your face mask whilst walking around the building

Once shown to the patient bedside/room you can leave the room if a facemask is worn.

 

Please note that whilst we are doing our very best to maintain a COVID safe environment here at the hospice, we cannot guarantee 100% safety whilst allowing visitors into the building and that you need to consider the potential risk you are taking yourself.

 

In addition to help support us to keep your relative, our patients and staff safe we ask that you follow this guidance:

 

DO NOT VISIT THE HOSPICE:

  • if you are feeling unwell, particularly with a high temperature, a new continuous cough or new loss of sense of smell/taste – stay at home and seek guidance from Public Health England.
  • If you are confirmed or suspected covid-19, visiting is not allowed unless the patient is in the last few days of life. In this case, visiting must be prearranged with the nurse in charge & you must wear full PPE, visit alone and for a short time limited period.
  • In these circumstances we will need more information from you. The personal information we collect from you will be held by East Cheshire Hospice for a period of 21 days, following which it will be destroyed in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

 

Please be aware visiting regulations may be subject to change at very short notice.

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

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