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10 Jun 2020 Care

In-Patient Unit visiting restrictions eased

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to ease visiting restrictions on our In-Patient Unit this week. Whilst restrictions remain in place to ensure the safety of our patients and workforce, we hope that the latest changes will provide more flexibility for families and loved ones hoping to visit patients in our care.

On the latest changes to Kirkwood’s guidance, Clinical Services Manager, Helen Brown said:

“During the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been doing everything we can to make sure that those in our care are safe. As we care for the most vulnerable in our local community, we continue to be there for our patients whenever and wherever they need us.

“On our In-Patient Unit, we continue to provide the same services we always have; it’s very much business as usual for our dedicated care team. Of course, we have adopted a range of safety measures, including the use of PPE for all staff and visitors, whilst maintaining rigorous hygiene procedures and adhering to social distancing guidance where possible.

“I am delighted to say that we have been able to ease some of the restrictions this week. We are now able to allow pre-arranged visits every day.

Helen Brown

“When the UK Government introduced the lockdown in March, we had to make some really difficult decisions about people visiting the hospice. And as the weeks have gone on, we have continued to monitor the latest guidance on a daily basis in line with national recommendations.

“We are working hard to strike the right balance between keeping our patients and workforce safe whilst offering families and friends the opportunity to visit and spend precious time with those they love.

“I am delighted to say that we have been able to ease some of the restrictions this week. We are now able to allow pre-arranged visits every day.

“Although we still have some restrictions in place, we believe that the extra flexibility in our visiting guidance will add some comfort for families who may be worried about spending time with loved ones who may need to be admitted or are currently being cared for on our In-Patient Unit.

“We understand just how difficult the coronavirus pandemic is for patients and families who are also affected by a life limiting illness, especially those who are being cared for on our In-Patient Unit. That’s why we are taking a pragmatic approach to visiting. Every person’s situation is different, as are their needs, so our team are always open to discussions around visiting.

“If you have any concerns about whether an admission is right for you, please speak to Sister Francesca Zak or Sister Sonia Tyndall. We’ll do everything we can to help.”

Click here to read our latest guidance on coronavirus and visiting the hospice.

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