End of life / compassionate
We know how important being able to see a loved one can be and as such we will wherever possible and safe to do so support all those people that are important to our patients to visit at end of life at least once.
During end of life and
Everyone still needs to wear personal protective equipment.
Children are allowed to visit at this time, but this is a one off event to say final goodbyes. Children over 11 must wear personal protective equipment.
Masks must be worn unless individuals have a medical exemptions.
Only one named person is allowed to stay with the patient, others visitors will be allowed to have a half hour visit to say goodbye.
Visitors must step out of the room when the nursing staff need to deliver care for the patient.
For the safety of all inpatients, visitors and staff and volunteers working at the hospice, social distancing and the use of PPE is essential.
Please note that this arrangement is only for the last 24 hours of life. Visiting will be reviewed on a daily basis and may revert to two named individuals for 2 hours if appropriate
Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 or self-isolating must not visit, even if these symptoms are mild or intermittent, due to the risk they pose to others.
Anyone shielding or classed as extremely clinically vulnerable (PHE published list) should be advised against visiting where at all possible but not excluded.
Visitors should follow any local or national restrictions in their area of residence related to travel and social contact.
We have limited storage facilities for patients’ food in the ward fridge. Any food brought in should be consumed on the day. We provide storage boxes for e.g. sweets, biscuits, and fruit.
At the present time we are unable to provide food for visitors unless staying overnight but drinks will be offered and snacks are available to buy in reception.
We request that you take patients’ washing home. Dissolvable plastic bags are provided for the safe transfer home.
Please use the chairs provided, as sitting on the beds can be a source of infection transmission.
When leaving the inpatient unit, please inform a member of the team. Please use hand gel on leaving and dispose of the personal protective equipment in the clinical bins provided.
Please avoid public transport if possible, especially after visiting the hospice. If able, walk or drive themselves or be driven by a member of their household.
Please minimise the amount of personal belongings you bring in.
Please wear appropriate PPE at all times.
Please maintain 2 metres social distancing when entering and leaving the hospice building, including all communal areas.
Please use the hand sanitiser available.