Guidance on Covid 19 (Coronavirus)

Information on Covid 19 (Coronavirus)    Updated 23/3/2020

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 education courses, face to face meetings and our Hospice tours. 

Visiting the Hospice 

We request that ONLY immediate family or loved ones visit in the inpatient unit by appointment only, and to do so without pets. If you wish to discuss this, please contact the nurse in charge. As per Government guidance, if you have a new, continuous cough or high temperature please refrain from visiting. Whilst we are grateful for the support of our local community we politely request that ALL non-essential visitors refrain from visiting the hospice at this time.  

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 

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.

We will continue to trade online on both eBay and Amazon and urge the public to continue to support their local Hospice through this time.

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 or in the at risk age group. Please contact the Hospice to let them know of any absence so that they may plan accordingly.   

We do need addtional short-term volunteers to support our nurses on the ward, so please enquire here if you can help stwh.co.uk/volunteering/vacancies/short-term-volunteering-opportunity

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 

Support Us 

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.