Coronavirus: updated guidance of visiting our hospice
As a country, we are slowly starting to see restrictions ease and as a result we are really pleased that this has enabled us to review our visitor guidelines. Patients will now be able to have two named visitors, unless they have dependent children or there is a Recognising Dying Form (RDF) in place (in which case, four visitors will be permitted, with no more than two visitors at a time). 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 would kindly ask all visitors to wash their hands and/or use the hand sanitiser regularly while they are in our building. Visitors to the Inpatient Unit (IPU) must wear a face mask. We ask all visitors to the IPU to wear a surgical face mask, which will be provided by the hospice. The mask must be worn before entering the IPU corridor. The mask should be kept on in the patient's room unless the patient or visitor have difficulties with communication. If you do take off your mask due to communication difficulties, then it should be put on again when a member of staff or volunteer enters the room, when you re-enter the IPU corridor and on your way out of the building.
Caring in the community during COVID-19
"Caring for patients and families in the community has been a real challenge over the past year for myself and the community team. We’ve had to adapt to a new way of working from home whilst continuing to visit people in their homes, some of whom have tested posited for COVID. Demand for our services rose overnight by over 50% during the first lockdown but due to staff sickness and other resource pressures, our team is often scaled-back."
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The Life and Death Podcast
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.
Ashgate Hospicecare reopen charity shops across North Derbyshire
We are delighted to be able to open our doors and welcome back our loyal supporters throughout North Derbyshire. Due to the pandemic, we have seen a dramatic drop in our fundraising activity and consequently we are urging the local community to shop local this year. We would also like to say a special thank you to our customers who continued to shop with us online, your support makes a huge difference and ensures we can continue caring for the thousands of families across the region who are living with a life-limiting illness.