Information on Covid 19 (Coronavirus) Updated 1/4/2021
At St Wilfrid’s Hospice we care for people with terminal illnesses, so it is important that we take all reasonable steps to protect the wellbeing of those using our services, as well as our staff and those volunteering who are working to ensure our vital services continue. This is particularly relevant and important during the current outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK.
From Tuesday 17th March we will continue essential clinical services but will be temporarily ceasing non-essential services, which includes all group activities and therapies. This includes our Living Well Centre, bereavement groups, external face to face meetings and our Hospice tours.
Visiting the Hospice
We request that only two members of family or loved ones visit in the In Patient Unit by appointment only, and to do so without pets. Patients will be asked to nominate a maximum of two loved ones who may visit, with alternative means of staying in touch encouraged. If you are not a nominated visitor you will not be permitted access to the Hospice. If you wish to discuss this, please contact the nurse in charge. If your loved one is dying, up to four nominated visitors may be permitted and the nurse in charge will speak to you about this. We cannot offer overnight stays for loved ones at the moment.
All visitors will be asked to take a weekly Lateral Flow Device COVID-19 Test, with help from our clinical team. Visitors will undergo mandatory temperature screening, rigorous hand washing and will be asked to wear personal protection equipment as directed.
If you are attending a St Wilfrid’s Fundraising Event
Please note that the Moonlight Walk has been postponed and is now pencilled in to be held on 5th September 2020. More information regarding this event will be released in due course. Events organised by St Wilfrid’s are otherwise going ahead but will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Please do check our website for updates. If you are participating in an event organised by a third party in aid of St Wilfrid’s, such as the London Marathon, then please check with the organiser for further information.
Our Shops (Updated 23/3/2020)
St Wilfrid’s Hospice will be closing all shops and the donation centre, ceasing to accept donations from 23 March until further notice.
We have taken this decision in order to minimise any risk as we maintain our commitment to playing a key role in our local community. We’ve reached a point where it is no longer appropriate to keep shops open as we must play our part in the government’s social isolation and distancing strategy.
Our staff and volunteers have demonstrated amazing dedication to St Wilfrid’s and our customers during this period and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone.
If you are a Hospice Volunteer
If you are a volunteer then please follow the Public Health England guidance and do not participate in any Hospice activity if you feel unwell. Please contact the Hospice to let them know of any absence so that they may plan accordingly.
Following Coronavirus Advice
If you show signs of symptoms of Coronavirus, please follow Government advice which can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Your Hospice is a charity providing free care and support to adults in our community who have a life-limiting illness and their families. We rely on our community to help us raise almost 85% of our funds.
Many people think hospices are all about dying. Through our many different services, we provide care based on compassion. We see the person, not just the patient and believe it is the little things that make a difference to a patient’s quality of life.
Every pound raised is important for us to continue to care for more patients with a life-limiting illness, and the people important to them, so that they can make the most of every moment together.
Our Moonlight Walk is having to be delayed until September and other fundraising events may be cancelled this year due to Coronavirus, which will have a huge impact on our income.
Our aim is to ensure that we can continue providing specialist end of life care services both now and in the future.
That’s why we need your support now more than ever. Please consider donating now.