Hospice in the Weald is remaining up to date on the current outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and continues to follow advice from Public Heath England and the NHS. In some instances, we are taking additional precautions to safeguard our patients, families, carers and our workforce.
Rob Woolley, Chief Executive of Hospice in the Weald shares what we are doing in response to COVID-19 to continue to support and care for patients with a terminal illness and those important to them. As well as new measures and re-purposing services to help lessen the burden on the NHS.
We update this information regularly and our latest announcements are:
- We are following the latest government guidance, and so only essential staff are in the building to provide patient care and core support services. Some staff are working from home. All those working in the building are observing social distancing and other precautions including hand hygiene.
- We are asking patients on our In-Patient Ward to limit the number of visitors they have to two people, and to use telephone or video calls instead wherever they can.
- We have increased our in-patient bed capacity by reopening Cottage Hospice as a 'COVID-19 free site', and will test all patients for COVID-19 before they are admitted to Cottage Hospice.
- Care at Cottage Hospice will be provided in the same was as on our In-Patient Ward. A 'ring of steel' approach will be taken to infection control measures at Cottage Hospice to maintain it as a 'COVID-19 free' site. Because of this, we are able to allow patients at Cottage Hospice more than one designated visitor.
- We’ve created a Community Charter to ensure that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we work together to ensure nothing will stop us providing outstanding Hospice care to those that need it CLICK HERE
Previous announcements included the following information, which remains relevant:
- We have temporarily suspended our Hospice Day Service. This is to ensure that we can follow thorough infection control measures, and social distancing measures.
- Our Hospice in the Home team continues to support patients via telephone or visits. Our Counselling & Support Service is providing support for patients and families via telephone and video calls.
- We have a robust plan in place to help and support patients or family members exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and are providing our workforce with protective equipment as required.
- Our charity shops are currently closed temporarily in line with government guidance. We are making plans to reopen them in line with government guidance, and will be observing social distancing and all further guidance in our shops. We look forward to reopening as soon as we can.