CORONAVIRUS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2020
In the light of the recent Covid-19 announcements and local restrictions coming into place (for Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales) we would like to reassure the families who use our services that the hospice remains open and is a Covid-19 SAFE environment.
The current situation:
- We will prioritise and continue to offer end of life and emergency respite care both at the hospice or at home.
- Over the last three months, after consultation with families, we have been able to successfully deliver a small amount of much-needed planned respite within ‘bubbles’.
- Feedback from families has been very positive and our current plan is to increase this from October to blocks of three nights with children being admitted in ‘bubbles’ as before to minimise the risk to children and staff.
- It is very likely that this model of respite will continue for the foreseeable future.
- We believe we have all the right equipment, PPE, practices and appropriate guidance to ensure a Covid SAFE environment for both staff and children to currently continue to offer both planned and unplanned care at the hospice. We will also continue with the home visits that have been agreed with families to be safe and needed. Staff will also wear the appropriate PPE for home visits.
- At this stage we will also continue to offer a blended approach of both ‘virtual’ and face to face counselling and support and activity groups, as currently they are identified as being exempt from the ‘Rule of 6’. We are also able to use our Liverpool site for groups.
Our goal is to ensure that we can continue to provide care and support as safely as possible to every family who needs it.
These continue to be difficult and unprecedented times and as before, this is once again a quickly changing situation, which we will monitor and respond to as quickly as needed if further changes are required and will keep families updated as soon as possible.
Jan Sutherland-Oakes, Director of Clinical Care
David Pastor, CEO