Visiting Guidelines
Visiting commences at 9am and last visit at 8pm

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 are now only required to take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) twice a week before visiting the hospice. 

All patients being admitted to the hospice will have a PCR test, if they are being transferred from the 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 and the patient’s will still be able to have visitors. 

Patients no longer need to have visitors named during their stay and can have an unrestricted number of visitors throughout their stay (including children).

Wakefield Hospice remain committed to protecting our vulnerable patients and members of our workforce 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 buzz and speak to the In-patient Team before being allowed in to 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 LFT 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 advise and guidelines.  

Symptoms to be aware of include:

a continuous cough
a high temperature
fever or chills
‚Äča 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, but otherwise there can be unrestricted numbers in a day. 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.

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
 
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