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.
Visitors continue to be welcome on the In-Patient Ward - patients may have two designated visitors, although individual circumstances are taken into account for each family.
Cottage Hospice is being kept as a 'COVID free site', and we are testing all patients and visitors 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. Patients at Cottage Hospice may designate up to five visitors or caregivers and two may visit at once, although individual circumstances can be taken into account for each family.
Hospice Day Service has been temporarily paused in order to keep everyone safe.
Volunteers are working from home wherever possible, but are starting to return to our buildings where it is safe to do so.. Volunteers provide vital support to us, so we look forward to welcoming everyone back.
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. Regular testing is being carried out for patient-facing members of the workforce and testing is available for staff, volunteers, patients and those important to them if needed.
Some of our Charity Shops have now reopened and we are planning a phased reopening of all our shops.
Last Updated: 20/04/2021