Updated 29th November 2021
We are pleased to announce that visiting to the Hospice has been updated with the aim of supporting and also maintaining the safety of patients, visitors and staff.
From today, Monday 29th November 2021 the guidance is:
- In principle, for everyone’s safety and comfort, we aim to control the total number of visitors in the hospice at any one time.
- Each patient may identify a total of up to 8 designated family or friends to visit them.
- A maximum of 4 of the designated visitors can visit at any one time. Families/friends are advised to coordinate their visiting to ensure this is adhered too.
- There will be visiting from 14:00 -20:00 hrs every day.
- Children (under 18) can visit along with designated visitors and do not contribute to the designated visitor numbers.
- Faith representatives can visit out with usual visiting times, again in addition to other visitors.
- When coming in to and leaving the hospice, all visitors are asked to report to the Main Reception, and Reception Staff will provide guidance on signing in and accessing the patient’s room. Visitors will be issued with a fob to allow them to enter the ward. When leaving the building, visitors should exit via the main reception where the receptionist will sign you out. It is essential that visitors sign in and out for Fire Safety. Please also hand in your fob
- Please do not risk the safety of your loved one or our staff by allowing additional family or friends to visit via the external doors.
- All visitors are required to wear a face mask for the duration of the visit (unless they are exempt) and sanitise their hands regularly during the visit and also on leaving the hospice.
- Visitors are advised to continue practicing social distancing from staff and other visitors who are not in their household. Visitors may be asked to step out the room while staff provide care.
- A member of our Team will call visitors prior to their first visit to undertake a covid screening -this will include checking you don’t have any symptoms, been in close contact with anyone with covid and that you have done a lateral flow test. Visitors are also asked to self-monitor and to report symptoms/issues to ensure they do not pose a risk of transmitting the virus to our patients or staff. We strongly advice that all visitors take a Lateral Flow Test prior to visiting your loved one. These can be picked up from your local pharmacy or ordered here: https://test-forcoronavirus.service.gov.uk/order-lateral-flow-kits/condition
- The Dove Café will be open from 10 -16.00.
Visitors who have any concerns should ask to speak to the Nurse in Charge.
Thank you for your support and cooperation.
Joy Farquharson Dr Sandra McConnell CEO Consultant in Palliative Medicine
St. Andrew’s Hospice
Visitor COVID 19 Screening Questionnaire
Please complete the information below
WITHIN THE LAST 10 DAYS:
|1||HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED A NEW COUGH?||Y / N|
|2||HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED NEW SHORTNESS OF BREATH?||Y / N|
|3||HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED A NEW SORE THROAT, LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL?||Y / N|
|4||HAVE YOU HAD A HIGH OR LOW TEMPERATURE OR THE SENSE OF HAVING A FEVER?||Y / N|
|5||HAVE YOU HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO IS SUSPECTED OR CONFIRMED COVID-19?
(NB: CLOSE CONTACT IS DEFINED AS WITHIN 2M FOR MORE THAN 10 CONSECUTIVE MINUTES)?
|Y / N|
|6||DO YOU HAVE ANY HOUSEHOLD MEMBER WHO IS SYMPTOMATIC OF COVID OR IS AWAITING A COVID TEST RESULT?||Y / N|
|7||HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD TO ISOLATE?||Y / N|
If the answer to any of these questions is YES, the person should not visit.
Person Completing Form: