There are a number of risks posed by coronavirus (COVID-19) that everyone should be aware of.
Typical symptoms include: fever, a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Our service users represent a potentially vulnerable group, particularly those who are inpatients at the Hospice.
We have a duty of care towards patients and their families, volunteers and staff. Whilst the risk to individuals remains low, we take the wellbeing of those using or working in the Hospice seriously and appreciate your support in following the current guidance when visiting the Hospice:
- If you have returned from specified areas in the past 14 days please follow returning travellers advice. For the list of countries, please visit nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
- To protect yourself and others, it is best to:
- To kill germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
- Bin the tissue.
- For the latest public information on coronavirus visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
- There is also a Q&A on coronavirus available via the World Health Organisation website: www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
We will follow government guidelines when determining necessary steps. These are updated daily and will be monitored by the Hospice’s Senior Management Team.