Hospice in the Weald is remaining up to date on the current outbreak of COVID and continues to follow advice from Public Heath England and the NHS. We remain open for patients and those important to them, with some changes to accommodate social distancing and other safety measures.
We are following the latest government guidance, and so there is clear signage in our Pembury and Cottage Hospice buildings to indicate where the buildings are split into different zones, and to ensure everyone can adhere to social distancing.
We are providing face coverings and masks for everyone entering both buildings, as appropriate, and following a number of other infection prevention and control measures. We are following government guidance and are working hard to keep people safe.
Visitors continue to be welcome on the In-Patient Ward - visitor numbers are limited to one person per patient, although individual circumstances are taken into account for each family. Reception in the Pembury building is closed and visitors to the ward are being welcomed through the side entrance.
Cottage Hospice is being kept as a 'COVID free site', and we are testing all patients for COVID before they are admitted to Cottage Hospice. The Family Caregiver model is in place at Cottage Hospice, meaning patients are cared for by their loved ones. Visitor numbers are limited to one, although individual circumstances are taken into account for each family.
Hospice Day Service has been temporarily paused in order to keep everyone safe, and will reopen as soon as possible.
Volunteers are not currently working in either the Pembury building, or Cottage Hospice. Volunteers provide vital support to us, so we look forward to being able to welcome them back to carry out their roles in the building.
Members of the workforce are working from home wherever possible, however our buildings continue to be COVID secure so that staff that cannot work from home can still complete the essential work that they do.
We have a robust plan in place to help and support patients or family members exhibiting symptoms of COVID and are providing our workforce with protective equipment as required. Testing is available for staff, volunteers, patients and those important to them if needed.
Our Charity Shops are currently closed.
Last Updated: 22/01/2021