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Coronavirus: updated guidance on visiting our hospice

In light of the third nationwide lockdown and due to rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates, we are continuing to restrict the number of visitors each patient can have at any one time. These restrictions are part of our ongoing commitment to protect our patients, their relatives, staff, volunteers and the wider community from COVID-19, while at the same time allowing our patients to spend precious time with their loved ones.

The Inpatient Unit will be limited to one named visitor per patient (unless the patient has a dependent child). Children will be asked to enter and leave the hospice via patio doors directly into their parent’s bedroom to reduce the risk of infection. We are unable to allow more named visitors than this as the risk increases significantly, for our patients, their visitors and for our own staff and volunteers. The hospice remains open for visitors 24 hours a day. To keep the risk of spread of infection to a minimum, all visitors will be temperature checked on arrival at main reception. Anyone with a high temperature signifying illness will not be able to enter the hospice. We are continuing to ask all visitors to the Inpatient Unit to wear their own face mask, which they should bring with them and put on, either before entering, or while in reception and before entering the IPU corridor.

Ashgate Hospicecare caring for more end-of-life COVID-19 patients than ever before

Ashgate Hospicecare are reporting a sharp increase in COVID-19 patients requiring palliative care at its Old Brampton site prompting them to open a second COVID dedicated wing. Barbara-Anne said: “We are proud to be able to support our NHS colleagues in the COVID-19 response and are doing all we can to ease the pressure on the healthcare system. We have been caring for COVID positive patients since last April, but not to the same scale we are operating now.

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Your host, Stephen Rumford, senior physiotherapist at Ashgate Hospicecare, brings together patients and professionals to chat about their unique relationships, hospice life, and dying well. Each episode follows a different pair and another side of hospice life.

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Our shops will be closed until further notice

Following the latest Government announcement, our shops and coffee shops will be closed for the third time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. We are urging our community to continue to support the hospice by shopping with us online via our eBay store or the Ashgate Furniture Company or by donating items to our Donation Centre. Due to the pandemic, we have seen a dramatic drop in our fundraising activity. So, your continued support will make a huge difference and ensure we can continue caring for the thousands of families across the region who are living with a life-limiting illness.