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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

07/03/2020

Guidance on visiting Wakefield Hospice

There are a number of risks posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19) that everyone needs to be aware of, and it is important to remember that Wakefield Hospice has a duty of care towards patients and their families, volunteers and staff.
 
We take the well-being of those using or working in Wakefield Hospice seriously and appreciate your support in following the current guidance.
 
Our service users represent a potentially vulnerable group, particularly those who are in-patients at the hospice. We will follow government guidelines when determining necessary steps. These are updated daily and will be monitored by the hospice’s senior leadership team.

While visiting is currently restricted at the hospice you can stay in contact with your loved one by emailing letters to neyh.inpatunit@nhs.net. Please limit your communication to 2 sides of A4 and no more than 3 photographs, also include the patients full name and date of birth in the subject bar. Please include any special requirements such as large print or if the letter will need to be read to the patient.

Please note that our Day Therapy and Bereavement Services have been temporarily closed.
We are sure you will understand the welfare of our patients, visitors, staff and volunteers is of paramount importance; we have introduced this measure to protect those we care for with weakened immune systems due to the nature of their life-limiting illness.

The Day Therapy or Bereavement team will contact any service user directly that has existing appointments for counselling, 1:1 support or Complementary Therapy they will then endeavour to look at alternative means of supporting you during this time.  

If you would like to discuss this further, please call on 01924 331400 and ask to speak to the Day Therapy or Bereavement team. Thank you for your understanding.
 
The virus
The virus is most likely to spread from person to person through:

  • direct contact with a person while they are infectious
  • contact with droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • touching objects or surface that were contaminated by droplets from secretions coughed or sneezed from an infected person with a confirmed infection.

How to avoid catching or spreading Coronavirus

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.
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Please use the links to the GOV.UK and NHS UK websites to access the latest news, advice and guidance in relation to Coronavirus before visiting Wakefield Hospice.

If you are concerned about exposure to infection in any other circumstance you should contact 111 before visiting the hospice.
 
Thank you