St Wilfrid's response to the Coronavirus Crisis

To all our wonderful supporters,

We are so grateful to everyone who has been in touch with words of support. It means so much to our patients, staff and volunteers to know St Wilfrid’s Hospice is in your thoughts during these difficult times.

 

With the situation surrounding coronavirus changing daily, our top priority remains patients and their loved ones. We are doing everything to ensure our services continue without compromising the safety of our patients and their loved ones – as well as our amazing staff and volunteers who are working tirelessly. 

 

By adapting the way we deliver our care, we’re currently providing support to more than 300 patients in West Sussex, playing a key part in the healthcare system. We are working closely with our partners in the NHS, fellow hospices and many more organisations and businesses to ensure the integrity of all vital services throughout this crisis.

 

Community care

St Wilfrid’s dedicated Community Nursing teams are following the government guidance and using technology to contact patients where possible. They are continuing to provide symptom control, nursing care and emotional support to terminally ill people at this most testing of times.

 

Our Living Well Service remains closed, but we are supporting people using video conferencing and calls. We are also able to signpost people to voluntary groups who are able to offer practical advice.

 

Care at the Hospice

We have opened 4 new beds in the inpatient ward, bringing the total to 18. We are working under additional safety measures to ensure patients and their loved ones continue to experience compassionate care.

 

Understandably, this has involved putting in place new guidance for people wanting to visit their loved ones. We're asking for essential visits to be kept to either 1 or 2 visitors at any one time – assuming no one is experiencing any coronavirus symptoms.

 

Supporting the Hospice

With the recent closure of all our shops and the postponement of all our current fundraising events, we’re relying on the public to continue supporting the Hospice in whatever way they can. This is a very difficult time for everyone and we’re so grateful for any help you can give us. 

 

The best way to keep up to date with what St Wilfrid’s Hospice is doing to support the local community is to visit stwh.co.uk and follow our social media channels. Thank you so much to our supporters, volunteers and donors for your on-going support. Stay home and keep safe.


Alison Moorey 
Chief Executive, St Wilfrid’s Hospice