In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, East Cheshire Hospice is continuously working to implement various changes and plans in order to protect the safety and well-being of its patients, staff, volunteers and community. The Hospice is adapting each day to follow Government and NHS guidelines. This may change on a daily or even hourly basis, so if you are involved with, or planning to come to the Hospice for any reason, please check back regularly for the latest information and advice here.
Sunflower Centre and Outpatients
As of Monday 23rd March, patients accessing the following services will be supported using telehealth procedures; Day Hospice, Childhood and Adult Bereavement, Art Psychotherapy
Group programmes, Lymphoedema, Physio and Occupational Therapy appointments will be suspended from this week until further notice.
The IPU is operating as close to normal as possible with the staff we have available
We are seeking high standard personal protection equipment to protect frontline staff should we need to barrier nurses following suspected cases of Covid-19, of which we have none so far.
Families of current patients are being asked to help us reduce the risk of infection by limiting visitors to immediate family only and adhering to the strict hygiene rules in place
We are supporting our hard-pressed colleagues in the NHS as best we can.
As with IPU admissions, we are asking extra screening questions prior to taking the patient on. We realise these patients are the most isolated in our community and will do our best to help in anyway they need us.
Workforce including volunteering
All non-clinical staff who can work from home are doing so from today, but must be prepared to come on site if required to cover non-clinical essential duties
All staff who are 70 years old or over have been asked to stay at home for the duration of the Government social distancing order.
All volunteers, except reception volunteers under 70 years old are to stay at home for the duration of the Government social distancing order.
The current advice is that you need to self-isolate for two weeks if you or someone in your household develops a high temperature or new persistent cough.
All hospice and community fundraising events and gatherings have been cancelled or postponed with income lost or vastly reduced as a result
The Hospice Lottery will run as normal for the foreseeable future
All shops will be closed to customers from Monday 23 March