Our Medical and Nursing Team has taken the decision to make further changes to hospice visits inline with other healthcare organisations until further notice.
We are taking these measures to help minimise the risk of infection for our patients, families and care staff. If you would like to discuss this, please speak with a member of the relevant Care Team or Head of Adult/Children’s Services. Thank you for your understanding.
The latest situation is that we are now working with our colleagues in the NHS across Essex to support the unprecedented demand on their services.
Fair Havens In Patient Unit
The hospice in Prittlewell remains open for patients. As of Monday 30th March, all 16 beds will be available so we can reduce pressure on our local NHS services. This will mean a change in the way we usually work and we will support our Care and Medical Teams through this transition.
To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, staff in IPU (including housekeeping) will need to:
This situation is under daily review and we may need to apply stricter controls in the coming days.
Hospice at Home and Managed Care Services
These community hospice care services continue in people’s homes and we are at full capacity. The team is also helping the In Patient Unit by doing additional shifts.
Fair Havens Hub (previously Day Hospice)
Support is being provided by telephone and some of the staff are helping to care in Fair Havens IPU.
Support Staff at Fair Havens
Our brilliant Housekeepers, Catering and Maintenance Team continue to support the Care Teams at Fair Havens. Thank you – without them, we wouldn’t be able to keep the hospice open. Your dedication is very much valued.
Regular face-to-face respite, social and activity services at Little Havens has been suspended. This is because those families are all in the most vulnerable categories defined by the government and should be adopting the stay at home principles.
We are keeping Little Havens open to help discharge children from hospital who have complex health and social needs. This is to free up beds in the hospital for the surge of patients we expect in the coming weeks. It is also to protect those children and young people who are vulnerable and would be at high risk if exposed to COVID-19.
Little Havens will continue to take children who require end of life care.
Regular face-to-face respite, social and activity services at The J’s have now been suspended. This is because those families are all in the most vulnerable categories defined by the government and should be adopting the stay at home principles.
We are looking at ways of offering virtual support to families such as music or play therapy sessions via zoom.
Staff from The J’s may be redeployed to Little Havens or Fair Havens as we will need more staff to care for more children and adults.
Face to face sessions and support groups have now been suspended. We are reviewing the packages of care from the Wellbeing Team in line with government guidelines and to focus our support where it is most needed.
Ellie Miller, Director of Care and Executive Nurse
Dr Grahame Tosh, Medical Director
A hospice care charity is expanding its care and offering expertise to help alleviate pressure in the local NHS amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
A Message from Havens Hospices Chief Executive Steve Smith - 17th March 2020
Important update from Fair Havens In Patient Unit