Coronavirus – Update from Fair Havens In Patient Unit

IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM FAIR HAVENS IN PATIENT UNIT – 25th March 2020

For the safety of our patients – in line with the national requirement to minimise contact and in keeping with other hospitals and hospices – we have taken the decision to limit visitors to our In Patient Unit.

This situation is under daily review and we may need to apply stricter controls in the coming days:

  • For all people who are felt to be in the very last days of life we will maintain a short list of the closest relatives who can visit, ensuring that they stay with the person in their room and do not mix with visitors for other patients

The list will be agreed on admission and no other visitors will be allowed.  We are exploring whether we can enable Skype type facilities in the rooms to allow people to interact with the rest of their family and friends.

  • For people admitted for symptom control we are limiting visitors to one named visitor only and ask that they limit their visits to one hour a day
  • We will no longer be able to offer the family room for overnight accommodation. One family member can stay overnight in the room of someone who is in the last days of their life
  • The family lounge will no longer be used as we wish to avoid family members coming in close contact

We are sorry that we have had to take this action but need to protect our patients, their families and our own staff so that the hospice can continue to provide care throughout this difficult time.

Dr Grahame Tosh – Medical Director       Ellie Miller – Director of Care and Executive Nurse

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