To protect our patients, volunteers and staff, we must follow government guidance and reduce the number of people onsite.

Unfortunately, this means St Michael’s has introduced restrictions on visiting the Hospice. 

  • Visitors must ring prior to arriving at St Michael’s Hospice
  • Visiting hours are 2pm-7pm daily
  • Visitors must report to the Ambulance Station entrance on arrival at St Michael’s Hospice
  • If you have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has, you must not visit the Hospice
  • Visitors will need to wear a face mask and use hand gel (face masks and hand gel will be provided)
  • Visitors will be taken to the outside space of the patient’s room by a member of staff
  • Visitors can go into a patient’s room but will be expected to maintain 2 meter social distancing when a member of staff enters the room
  • To maintain patient dignity staff may ask visitors to either step outside or into the bathroom while they provide care to the patient
  • Only two nominated visitors allowed per patient
  • We do not recommend children under the age of 16 visiting the Hospice at this time
  • If the patient is end-of-life the two visitor rule will still apply; however, it will be at the discretion of the nurse in charge of a specific shift to allow visitors outside the specified visiting hours
  • We advise that you do not visit a patient with either confirmed or suspected COVID-19. In exceptional circumstances, we may be able to arrange that you visit you’re loved from the outside area of their room

If you are a St Michael’s patient receiving care from us at home
If you are receiving support from our Hospice at Home service and you think you or a family member living with you has the coronavirus or has been exposed to it, then please notify us before we visit you.

If you are a visitor, member of staff or volunteer and think you may have the coronavirus or been exposed to it then you must follow Government advice, which is to stay at home for 10 days if you have either: a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, shortness of breath or loss of taste and smell.

Only use the NHS 111 online coronavirus if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

This will help us to keep our patients safe.

If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Hospice on: 01432 851 000.

Useful links:

Latest Information and Advice from GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#advice-for-travellers

Overview from NHS UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/