*Last updated at 8.25am, 27/03/2020*
Weston Hospicecare (the Hospice) has taken further action in response to the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are constantly following Public Health England and NHS England guidelines.
Jackson-Barstow House (Weston Hospicecare’s Headquarters) has been split into zones to minimise movement of key staff between zones.
Non-clinical staff have been equipped and prepared to work from home. The majority started to do so on Wednesday 18 March.
All non-essential third party personnel are restricted from entering the premises until further notice. Key meetings will be held by telephone hook-up as the situation demands.
Our clinical teams have drawn up revised working plans which detail the modifications to their usual practices. The inpatient unit remains open to patients.
During the current coronavirus outbreak, we are doing everything we can to protect our patients, staff and visitors. We therefore have introduced further visiting restrictions to the unit. They are:
- Each patient can only have up to two visitors at anytime between 4-7pm each day
- Visiting is now restricted to seeing patients via the closed patio doors in each room
If you are visiting the hospice, firstly please ensure you are doing everything you can to restrict the spread of the virus by washing your hands. If you are displaying symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19) do not visit. When you arrive at Jackson-Barstow House, approach the ambulance entrance and press the silver intercom button. You will then be given further visiting instructions.
All hospices have been notified that depending on how the coronavirus outbreak develops, we may be asked to temporarily care for hospital patients who are not carrying the virus, via the NHSE Hospital Discharge Workstream capacity tracker.
We have decided to suspend day services which usually take place at Jackson-Barstow House. To the greatest degree possible, day hospice patients will be supported at home by the team and contacted regularly. Day service staff will be available for deployment to other clinical service areas as the need arises.
The Hospice Community Nurse Specialists team continue to support patients in their own homes with increased telephone screening to identify any patients who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or be exhibiting symptoms.
Many of our upcoming fundraising events have been postponed and all Weston Hospicecare shops have now closed until further notice.
Clearly, this coronavirus outbreak will place a tremendous strain on many businesses and organisations; the Hospice is no exception.
What to do if you have symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
· A high temperature
· A new continuous cough
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
Please see a summary of Public Health England’s latest advice:
1. If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus, or have returned within the last 14 days from a Category 1 area (Click to view details for returning travellers) you should self-isolate at home.
2. If you have returned within the last 14 days from a Category 2 area (Click to view details) and develop symptoms of cough, fever or difficulty breathing, stay at home.
3. If you develop a persistent cough or temperature, however mild, you must self-isolate at home for 14 days.
4. Wash your hands more regularly than usual using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. This is particularly important after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose or being in public areas. Use hand sanitiser if this is all you have access to.
5. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products.
Guidance for people with confirmed or possible infection
NHS 111 Online – general advice and symptom checker
Chief Executive, Weston Hospicecare