Care during Covid-19
At Longfield we are committed to providing the best possible care and support for patients living with a life-limiting illness and their carers and family members. Despite the challenging times, Longfield Community Hospice is still here for you, whether you are an adult living with a life-limiting condition, a carer looking after a loved-one or a family member that has been recently bereaved.
Despite many restrictions being lifted by the government on 19 July, Longfield Community Hospice remains committed to following strong infection prevention and control measures, to protect our patients and their families, our staff and volunteers, and help prevent the spread of Covid.
The following measures will remain in force at the day hospice for the foreseeable future:
- Public Health England have advised healthcare providers that infection prevention control guidance must remain in place meaning that medical-grade face masks must continue to be worn by all staff and volunteers in communal areas and when moving around the building. For visitors, face masks must be worn when entering the hospice and whilst moving around the building.
- Social distancing, restricted capacities in each room and the use of screens in applicable areas.
- Hand sanitisation stations.
- Weekly Covid testing for staff and volunteers.
- Care staff to wear protective equipment, including aprons and masks, when interacting with patients, families and carers where appropriate.
Our Hospice at Home team will continue to follow Public Health England guidance, as they have throughout the pandemic, when visiting patients in their own homes. This includes wearing PPE and hand sanitising frequently.