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Coronavirus - an update on our services
A statement from our Chief Executive, Emma Johnson.
Posted Mar 18

Coronavirus - an update on our services

On Monday the Prime Minister and his advisors provided further, more stringent, instruction regarding the coronavirus situation in the UK. The team at St Leonard’s Hospice are monitoring this closely and how this might affect our services and we have made the following decisions in response to this ever-evolving situation.
  • The Sunflower Centre and all its associated services have been suspended, with immediate effect, for the foreseeable future.
  • The Lymphoedema Service has also been suspended.
  • We have increased our already stringent infection prevention and control measures around the In-patient Unit (IPU), including restricting footfall through the area.
  • We have adapted our Bereavement Service to provide consultation and support over the telephone, instead of face to face.
  • Fundraising events scheduled to take place over the coming months, including Strictly St Leonard’s, Midnight Walk and the Spring Lunch, have been postponed – we will share further information as we confirm details of the new dates. For further fundraising and retail updates, as from Monday 23rd March - please see here.  
We want to confirm that we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Hospice but we are continually monitoring all patients, staff and volunteers in line with Government advice and we do have contingency plans in place to cover any staff and volunteers who may need to self-isolate. 

At this time we are not restricting visitors – but we are reviewing this position daily. We do ask that all visitors strictly follow the current self-isolation protocol which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

We want to reassure all our patients, staff and volunteers that their care and welfare is our number one priority and will remain at the centre of every decision we make. We are continuing to operate as normally as we can and want to thank everyone for their continued support and patience during these unprecedented and challenging times.

Kind regards




Emma Johnson 
Chief Executive