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COVID-19 Guidance
Our guidance on visiting St Leonard's Hospice
Posted Mar 13

COVID-19 Guidance

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection however the symptoms of Coronavirus may be more severe in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term and life-limiting illnesses. It is important that we take all reasonable steps to protect those using our services, as well as those working and volunteering at the Hospice.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
We would like to reassure patients, families, visitors and supporters that we continue to monitor the situation and follow the latest published advice. 

Visiting St Leonard's Hospice

People are being advised to stay at home if they have any symptoms of Coronavirus infection (COVID-19) as stated above, however mild. The advice is to stay at home for 7 days from when symptoms began.

Please do not visit St Leonard's Hospice, or attend any of our events or activities, if you have symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath. Please don't visit the Hospice if you have signs of a cold, flu or have recently had gastroenteritis/sickness and/or diarrhoea. 

Even if you feel well and plan to visit St Leonard's Hospice, please try to do so in smaller numbers, for example 1-2 people. Upon visiting, please wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser gel provided at reception and around the building when you arrive, and at regular intervals.

As the situation develops, the advice given is updated daily, so please visit the NHS website for the latest information. More information and advice can also be found on the government website here.

If you have any concerns please phone your GP or NHS (111) for advice.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) if you’re affected by a life-limiting illness

If you’re living with a life-limiting illness, or a family member or friend is, you may be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19). Some people living with a life-limiting illness may be at higher risk of experiencing more serious complications from coronavirus. We have some general information that you might find helpful here.

We need your support now more than ever

As a charity we rely heavily on the generosity of the public to raise just over £5.8 million each year to run St Leonard's Hospice. Any donation or fundraising is vital in helping us care for more patients with life-limiting illnesses, and those important to them, so that they can make the most of every moment together.

If events such as the Midnight Walk have to be cancelled later on this year due to Coronavirus, it will have a huge impact on our income. That’s why we need your support now more than ever. Please consider making a donation now.