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Covid-19 – how you can continue to help us protect patients

“We continue to review our advice in relation to the coronavirus. We thank you for your support and understanding.”

Due to the ongoing risks of Covid-19 transmission, and in line with other healthcare settings, we are keeping our infection prevention measures in place at Barnsley Hospice.

These measures are designed to prevent the spread of the virus among hospice staff, volunteers, patients and families.

At the same time, we are committed to providing specialist compassionate care and supporting families to spend time with loved ones in a safe and supportive environment.

Visiting patients in Barnsley Hospice

All patients and families are being contacted directly to clarify how our Covid-19 procedures will continue to affect them. Here is an overview of on-going infection control measures:

  • All visitors are required to wear masks at all times in the hospice – further medical-grade PPE will also be supplied when entering our inpatient unit.
  • All visitors to our inpatient unit are required to carry out a lateral flow test before visiting – these are widely available from pharmacies (* please see below for more details).
  • All visitors will be asked to take a forehead temperature check on arrival at the hospice too, as an extra precaution.
  • Visits to our inpatient unit will be managed carefully with some limits on numbers and lengths of time. In most cases a patient will be allowed three visitors a day; for patients receiving end-of-life care, more visitors may be allowed but no more than three at a time. Young children of a patient are not included in the three-visitor limit. For patients nearing the end of life, it may still be possible to arrange for a loved one to stay in the hospice beside them over night.
  • All staff and volunteers will continue to wear face masks and undertake regular Covid-19 testing.
  • The hospice will continue to carry out stringent sanitation procedures.

Lateral flow tests

To help ensure the safety of our patients, staff and volunteers, we kindly ask that all visitors to our inpatient unit provide a negative lateral flow test from the day of your visit. We encourage you to take your test before you arrive at the hospice, but if this is not possible our reception team will provide you with one instead. Please be aware that if you take your test when you arrive at the hospice, you must be prepared to wait 30 minutes for the result. Thank you for helping us to maintain a safe environment at the hospice.

Access to our support services

Our counselling, family and bereavement support services, as well as our wellbeing and therapy services for patients, continue to be delivered largely online and over the telephone at present. We are still here to help and you can contact our counselling team on 01226 244244 ext. 267. We are planning for the safe return of hybrid and in-person support services through the relaunch of our day service unit in the near future.

Any queries?

Please contact the hospice reception desk to discuss visiting arrangements and any other queries on 01226 244244.

For information, a summary of our full Covid-19 Generic Risk Assessment can be viewed below: