East Cheshire Hospice COVID-19 Response - East Cheshire Hospice

East Cheshire Hospice COVID-19 Response

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.

For more information specifically about visiting the Hospice & PPE click 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.


Inpatient Unit

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.


Hospice @Home

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, 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 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.


Other Information

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


In light with the financial losses we will face in the coming months, we need the support of our community now more than ever. Please consider supporting us in any way you can


How to donate to East Cheshire Hospice

Thank you so much for choosing to support East Cheshire Hospice. You may never know how much your gift means, but we know that it will make the world of difference to our patients and their families.