Guidance on visiting patients (updated 31 August 2022)
Visiting opens at 9am and last visits at 8pm.

Visiting Guidelines


Restrictions on visiting patients in our In-Patient Unit have now been lifted. This means that there are now no limitations on the number of visitors a patient may receive. Visitors from the 31st August, are no longer required to take a Lateral Flow Test. 

However, all patients being admitted to the hospice will have a PCR test, if they are being transferred from a hospital environment, ideally this will have been done prior to admission.

For patients who are being admitted from home, a PCR test will need to be completed on admission, these patients will still be able to have visitors. 

Wakefield Hospice remains committed to protecting our vulnerable patients, our staff and volunteers and we will continue to take Covid-19 precautions outside of government guidelines. Government guidance is available from the government website at: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-hospices
 
On entry to the building please apply hand gel and wear a face mask provided by Wakefield Hospice. Please ensure you wear your face mask at all times when moving around the hospice building, (including non-clinical areas). Additional PPE is only required if you are providing physical care to the patient.

Please ensure you sign in at Reception and sign out when leaving. You are also signing to declare that you will comply with Wakefield Hospice COVID-19 safety measures. When reception is closed, visitors will need to ring the bell and speak to the Inpatient Team before being allowed into the building.

All visitors (both to clinical and non-clinical areas) will be asked Covid-19 screening questions and have their temperature checked.

No-one should visit the hospice if they display any symptoms of Covid-19 or are feeling unwell.
If you have had a positive Covid-19 test (LFT or PCR) within the past 5 days, before you can return to the hospice the visitor will need to show evidence of 2 negative LFTs at least 24 hours apart after day 5. If both tests on DAY 5 and DAY 6 are negative the visitor can return to the hospice immediately after the second negative test on DAY 6. However, please ring and speak to a member of the clinical team and they will be able to give you further advice and guidance.  

Symptoms to be aware of include:
  • a continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • fever or chills
  • a loss of, or change in your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness
  • lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • loss of appetite or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, vomiting or severe nausea
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms but your visit to the hospice is essential, please speak with the nurse in charge prior to your visit.

To ensure physical distancing only 2 visitors are allowed at a time. There is no longer a time limit on the length of visit and visitors may return again within the same day if needed. 

Well behaved pets will be allowed to visit with prior agreement.

Please note, additional visitors will be allowed to sit outside with prior agreement from the nurse in charge.
For patients who are End of Life there may be up to 4 visitors allowed at a time.

If there are specific reasons for exceptions to these guidelines then they can be agreed with the nurse in charge.

Please note: Following admission to Wakefield Hospice, patients are not permitted to come and go from the unit unless for arranged hospital visits/appointments or prior arrangement with the clinical team.
 
Thank you for your support.
Thank you for assisting us to keep our staff, you and your loved ones safe.
Everyone at Wakefield Hospice