Oakhaven Hospice has been listening carefully to the advice received from Public Health England and, following the Government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’, we are pleased to announce that all visiting restrictions have been lifted and we can return to ‘open visiting’ at the In-Patient Unit.
The health and safety of our vulnerable patients and those caring for them remains a priority so we do need to continue with a few guidelines to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. Individuals should not visit any health and care setting if they are:
- Unwell, especially if they have a high temperature, a new persistent and unproductive dry cough or a change in usual taste or smell
- Self-isolating because you have been advised to do so (due to you or your family’s unique circumstances) by NHS ‘Track and Trace’. For more information, please read: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works
- If you are extremely vulnerable/shielding, because of a chronic illness, guidance now allows you to visit, as we are taking all necessary precautions and regular risk assessment. Please do, however, read the following information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
We require all visitors to complete a lateral flow test on their first visit and then every three to four days (or before visiting if you are able to obtain your own tests) https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests. We also encourage the continued use of masks.
All other necessary information will be given to you on arrival. If you have any questions, please ring the In-Patient Unit and speak with a member of our team.