Coronavirus: St Clare Hospice reduces services to patients

Charity / Sat 14th Mar 2020 pm31 01:34pm

ST Clare Hospice is reducing its services for patients in a move to delay the spread of the coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 disease.

St Clare Hospice is cancelling day therapy and drop-in services at its premises at Hastingwood, by junction 7 of the M11 near Harlow, from Monday (March 16) until further notice to minimise the risk of infecting patients, families, staff and volunteers and to ensure the hospice stays open.

Its inpatient unit as well as its hospice at home, community nursing and outpatient services will continue.

St Clare this year celebrates 30 years of providing free care and support to hundreds of adults in West Essex and East Herts with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers.

In a statement today (Friday March 13) it said: “In order to protect our vulnerable patients and visitors from the coronavirus (Covid-19), we are taking the precautionary measure of reducing some of the services that we currently offer, and postponing some forthcoming events, in order to reduce movement to the hospice site.

“Our priority is to ensure that we take all the necessary steps to minimise the risk of infection with coronavirus (Covid-19) for patients, families, carers, staff, volunteers and visitors to the hospice – and aim to ensure that the hospice remains open.

“We are continuing to offer an inpatient unit service, as well as a hospice at home and community nursing and outpatient service.

“We are taking additional precautions to ensure the safety of our staff and patients and we would like to offer assurance that St Clare Hospice remains a safe place for patients to visit and stay.

“In order to protect our vulnerable patients, we are stopping all day therapy groups and clinics, as of Monday 16 March. We are offering a telephone support service for any affected patients, if they would like it.”

St Clare will continue to run all events which take place away from the hospice, but the following groups and activities will be stopped until further notice:

Café Clare
Hospice-based Bereavement Café
Last Thursday sessions
Some hospice-based fundraising activities, including a quiz night on Friday March 27 and a 90s-themed 30th birthday party on Friday April 3.

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