Here at St Barnabas Hospice we are paying close attention to advice on Covid-19 from the Government and Public Health and will take measures to protect the best interests of everyone in our care. Our patients and their families remain at the heart of what we do, and we will ensure that our Hospice care will continue in the safest way, which means changes to our current visiting guidelines, staff, volunteering and fundraising events.
Our Patients, Families and Carers
Firstly, be assured that we are still here, caring in the community. Our clinical team are as dedicated as ever to provide palliative care throughout this unsettling time and we do not want you to hesitate in contacting us for support. Our Inpatient Unit and Hospice at Home teams are all working to care for people around the county and will continue to do so, whether this be home visits, telephone support or Inpatient care in Lincoln. The Hospice in the Hospital in Grantham has paused its visiting, in line with other Hospital visiting hours.
Due to the current Coronavirus situation we have, sadly, had to take the decision not to allow visitors to most of our patients, within the Inpatient Unit.
We appreciate this is likely to cause some distress however, please understand we have a duty of care to keep our patients, their families and staff as safe as possible. We are aiming to contact our patients families on a daily basis with updates regarding their loved ones wellbeing and pass on any messages. Be assured, for those patients at end of life, immediate family (or next of kin) will be able to visit. Our Nursing staff will discuss this with family members on how this can be facilitated in the safest way.
Our Virtual Support
The Hospice have adapted the care we offer to make sure our patients, their families and carers are still supported throughout these difficult times.
Palliative Care Co-ordination Centre
Our PCCC referral lines remain open, so do not hesitate to contact us on 0300 020 0694
St Barnabas Bereavement Helpline
Our Wellbeing Team have launched a brand – new helpline to offer advice and comfort to those grieving in isolation. Call 0300 303 1897
Alongside standard advice and guidance, the Welfare team will be able to update you with Government changes to claim waiting times and changes specifically for patients, and carers who have been Furloughed because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Please note; this helpline is operating on reduced hours which are Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 14.00pm and 09.00 am to 12.00 midday Fridays. Call 01476 513 544
Healthcare Professionals can download referral forms directly from our website.
Our Dementia Care nurses are working remotely, offering video and phone call support. Admiral Nurses work together with families to provide the one to one support, expert guidance and practical solutions they need to live more positively with dementia each and every day.
Our Supporters and Fundraisers
Following guidance from Public Health England but also taking additional measures to protect the health and wellbeing of patients and families. It is with great sadness we have had to make the decision to cancel or postpone all fundraising events for the Hospice until further notice. If you have your own fundraising activity or have signed up to an events please contact our Fundraising Team via email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be pleased to offer support as best we can. However, we are delighted to launch a selection of ‘Virtual’ Fundraising ideas including ‘Virtual Gin and Jammies’.
Following guidelines our Shops and have decided to close from Monday 23rd March, this includes our central warehouse. We will also pause taking donations, this will be reviewed in line with Government guidelines.
Our Lottery team will continue to run the draw each week, as normal. If you would like to find out more about the St Barnabas Lottery click here.
Crisis Care Appeal
Anything you can donate today will help secure our end of life care in the future.
We have seen a huge drop in the fundraising income, that pays for most of our work.
Our shops are temporarily closed for business and fundraising activities and events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future – and we rely on the money these would have raised to pay for our essential care services.
We estimate a loss of £1,000,000 due to the catastrophic effects of the Coronavirus. We are asking you to support our goals and outstandingly rated care services by giving what you can.
Donate – www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/crisis