Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – December 2021

We are encouraging all staff and visitors to be vaccinated against Coronavirus (COVID-19) wherever possible.

We continue to be vigilant about infection control at St David’s Hospice Care as the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) may be more severe in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long term conditions.  All reasonable steps to protect the wellbeing of those using our services, as well as those working and volunteering for St David’s, will continue to be taken.

We are carefully monitoring the changing situation and reviewing the guidelines issued by Public Health Wales. We are endeavouring to keep our staff and volunteers up to date with the relevant information and would advise everyone to continue to visit: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

We request that all patients, service users, staff, volunteers, contractors, relatives and friends consider carefully if they could be a potential carrier of the Coronavirus and therefore be a risk to others before visiting the Hospice.

If you are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms, or have been advised to self-isolate for any reason, please do not visit. Guidance on Coronavirus symptoms and what you should do if you have them can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

In-Patient Unit

All patients will be tested for COVID-19 on admission and extra infection control measures

put in place until test results are known.  If a patient is suspected of having the virus, full protective equipment will need to be worn by all staff and visitors at all times. Patients can be tested again after their admission if they show Coronavirus symptoms.

Many patients develop a high temperature as part of their condition when becoming more unwell. Unfortunately as this is a symptom of the virus we will still need to take full precautions while the cause of the temperature remains uncertain.

We have a duty to protect all of the patients in our hospice from undue risk and to ensure the safety of our staff who we are relying on to provide 24-hour care for those most vulnerable people.

Visitor Information

We are compassionately keeping our patients and staff safe while ensuring patients and their loved ones can have time together.  Visitors will be required to use hand gel and wear a surgical face mask on arrival at the hospice and additional PPE requirements will be discussed on a patient by patient basis.

Please note there is a maximum of 2 visitors at a time with each patient and all visitors are required to have had a negative LFT test before attending.

For children under the age of 18, who are living at home within the same bubble, we are not discouraging visiting. The exact visiting arrangements for children will be discussed on an individual basis taking into consideration the risk of COVID-19 transmission factors.

Our visiting arrangements are subject to change at short notice if national or local circumstances dictate.

Day Hospices

Our Day Hospices have re-opened but are currently operating with reduced numbers of attendees and shorter sessions.

Supporters and Events

We are pleased to announce that planning and arrangements are being put in place for our events in 2022, in line with COVID guidelines, after a number of successful events in late 2021. We look forward to seeing our supporters again and thank you all for your patience.

Any supporters fundraising on behalf of, or in aid of, St David’s Hospice Care should follow official advice where events involve groups of people gathering together: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Administration

Our offices are currently operating but with reduced office based staff as working from home has been encouraged wherever possible.

Our Shops

Our shops are open and are following government guidance.  Facemasks are mandatory, unless exemptions apply.

Social Media

· Keep an eye on our social media for our latest updates

 

For any further information, please contact us via:

– Email: hello@stdavidshospicecare.org

– Tel: 01633 851051

Thank you for your continued and essential support during these challenging times.

Updated on 22nd December 2021 by St David’s Hospice Care