To date, Weston Hospicecare (the hospice) has taken necessary action to protect patients, their families, clinical staff, volunteers and support staff in response to the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are constantly following Public Health England and NHS England guidelines and we are acting upon that advice to protect our patients.
England’s chief nurse Ruth May has announced that face coverings and social distancing will remain in place for staff and visitors across all healthcare settings, despite COVID-19 legal restrictions lifting on 19 July.
The hospice will follow these guidelines and continue to Lateral Flow Test visitors to protect patients and those close to you.
Here are the latest Inpatient Unit restrictions as of Monday 19 July
The priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is to protect our patients, their families and our staff. We recognise this is a very challenging time for you and your loved one and we will consider carefully exceptional circumstances while remaining vigilant.
We continue to need to follow some restrictions to visiting to ensure patients and our team are protected.
Visiting times are between 2pm and 8pm. There is no limit to the length or number of visitors between these times, but will be restricted to two to three people at one time.
Visitors will be expected to wear a face covering in all corridors and communal areas in the hospice.
Visitors will need to have had a negative lateral flow test before being allowed to enter the IPU. This can be carried out when you visit, but you will need to wait about 30 minutes for the result. We would prefer visitors to carry out and register the test at home before they come in.
We are aware that every situation is unique, and we can be flexible about visiting restrictions in exceptional circumstances.
If you require more details and what we are doing to keep everyone safe, please speak to the IPU Manager, Sister, or senior nurse on duty.
Here are the latest Hospice Community Nurse restrictions as of Monday 19 July
The hospice community team acknowledge the government easing of COVID-19 restrictions, but are aware that numbers of positive cases are increasing.
If you are visited in your home the hospice nurse will no longer be wearing full PPE, which was masks aprons and gloves.
They will continue to wear a mask and be ever vigilant with hand washing and sanitising.
If a hospice community nurse does have to provide any hands on care, or spends longer than 15 minutes in close proximity to you they will revert to wearing aprons and gloves.
Here are Emotional Care, Bereavement Services & Spiritual Care as of Monday 19 July
The UK government has eased the COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place over the previous 18 months.
Previously, emotional support has been offered to hospice patients, their friends and family virtually. The easing of COVID-19 restrictions means that we can now offer support tailored to your preference.
Emotional support, including bereavement services and spiritual care can be delivered both face to face, at Jackson Barstow House (the hospice site), in client’s homes, on the telephone, or via video call technology.
As a healthcare provider, we will be continuing to take some measures to ensure everyone remains as safe as possible. This could be by wearing PPE, limiting numbers at group sessions, and taking regular COVID-19 testing.
For more details on what you need to do, and what we are doing to keep everyone safe, please speak to your hospice emotional care contact, or Family Support Team Manager.
Please call us on 01934 423900 if you have any questions.
Thank you for your cooperation.
What to do if you have symptoms
Please do not come into the hospice if you are feeling unwell, or have any of the following symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell. Follow government guidance on testing and self-isolation.’ – Links to relevant websites