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Hospice Services Update

Inpatient Unit Re-Opening

We are delighted to announce that it will be re-opening our in-patient unit (IPU) after a brief closure from Monday 1st June with a new set of temporary measures in place to protect patients, visitors and staff.

Our IPU, will initially open with four beds so that we can continue to follow the government’s guidelines on social distancing whilst providing high-quality care for patients.

We will also be restricting the number of visitors permitted at the Hospice. Patients will be permitted one allocated family member or friend as a visitor per patient, this person will be the only person allowed to visit the IPU unit and must follow strict guidelines upon visitation. The temporary visitation restrictions will be constantly monitored our Senior Clinical Team who will make changes when it is deemed safe to do so.

Group and drop-in activities

Due to the current lock down, imposed by the Government, Dr Kershaw’s has temporarily suspended all group and drop-in sessions in the Wellbeing Centre at the Hospice.

Our community services remain open and we ask patients to check our website for further information and follow Government advice on COVID-19.

To support you whilst the Wellbeing Centre is closed, we are able to offer a range of activities for you to enjoy at home. Please visit the Supporting Out Community – Dr Kershaw’s Cares tab or the Fundraising at Home tab above for more details.

The COVID-19 outbreak is a fast-moving situation and we will provide regular updates on our website. If you have any questions, please contact us on 0161 624 2727.

Non-essential visits to the Hospice

Following Government guidelines we are encouraging everyone to stay home at this time. In order to protect you, our staff and volunteers, we ask that you only visit the hospice if absolutely necessary even if you do not have coronavirus symptoms. If you are not sure, or have any questions about your visit, please contact us on 0161 624 2727.

If you are concerned about your exposure to infection in any other circumstance you should contact 111 online and not visit the hospice.

Please note that whilst the term 'hospice' is used above, this guidance applies to everyone, working or volunteering for, or visiting Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, regardless of setting. We take the well-being of those using or working in the Hospice seriously and appreciate your support in following the guidance above.

If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Hospice on 0161 624 2727 and ask to speak to a member of the Senior Management Team.

29th May 2020

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