Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

St Peter’s Hospice services are now operating on the following basis in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Our aim is to protect our vulnerable patients in the best possible way and carry on providing our high standard of care.

At the Hospice in Brentry, the following measures have been taken:

  • All of our Day Services have been temporarily suspended. This includes Day Hospice, Drop-In sessions, Fatigue and Breathlessness Group and our Wellbeing Programme.
  •  All our onsite courses have been temporarily suspended.
  • The coffee shop is now closed to the general public.

Our office at Long Ashton is now closed, and our 51 charity shops are now closed until further notice. For the time being we are unable to accept any donations, please don’t leave any outside of the shops as there will be no-one there to collect them. Instead we ask that you save them up and we will be very grateful for any donations when we are able to reopen.

We are continually reviewing our events in line with Government advice. We have taken the decision to postpone our Tour de Bristol event and a number of community events have also been cancelled over the coming weeks.

We are carefully monitoring the changing situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we review government guidelines on a daily basis to keep Hospice staff and volunteers up to date with relevant advice.

Our Executive Team also meet regularly to consider necessary precautionary steps to minimise the risk of infection with Coronavirus (COVID-19) for patients, families, carers, staff, volunteers and visitors to the Hospice.

We are always vigilant about infection control at St Peter’s Hospice as our patients, represent a potentially vulnerable group. We now 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 be a risk to others before visiting the Hospice.

We are working hard as a hospice to protect our patients, relatives and carers therefore we have had to make some changes to our visiting policy. This is a necessary change but we apologise for any inconvenience or issues caused.

Visiting policy is as follows:

  • Only 1 visitor per patient on the unit at any one time
  • Only children who are immediate relatives of the patient are allowed to visit. One child may be accompanied by one adult to visit.
  • Family and other visitors waiting to come in to the building must not wait /congregate in the hospice building. We politely request that visitors wait outside in their cars.
  • Any requests outside this policy can be addressed to a member of the Senior Nursing Team on the unit. Please note there are only a few situations where we are allowed to amend this visiting policy.
  • Please do not bring flowers in to the Inpatient Unit

Please contact the Inpatient unit should you wish to discuss anything related to visiting outside of this guidance. You will not be able to enter the hospice premises if:

  • You or anyone in your household has a high temperature or new and continuous cough

Or if you have any of the following:

  • Respiratory infection
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting

If you have experienced any of the above you will not be permitted entry to the Brentry site.

For advice go to the NHS.UK to check your symptoms and follow the specialist medical advice. Only call NHS 111 if you can’t get online or your symptoms worsen.

We want to ensure our patients see their loved ones so, where possible, we will make arrangements for this to happen, but we must ensure our staff, volunteers, patients and visitors are kept safe. Please contact the Inpatient Unit if you have any concerns regarding the above.

Whilst on the Brentry site you will either be directed or asked to adhere to Infection Prevention & Control procedures.

Please can you take all reasonable steps to protect the wellbeing of those using our services, as well as those working and volunteering by following the advice found here.

May we also remind everyone that there are handwashing and sanitising gel stations within the Hospice and we ask all visitors to use these regularly.

Thank you for your support and consideration.

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