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Hospice Services Update

Temporary Closure of our In-Patient Unit

Our In-Patient Unit is now closed. The closure of our temporary In-Patient Unit which was always planned for the end of November to facilitate our new build completion in the New Year has been pushed forward by a month in response to heightened current Tier 3 Covid restrictions in Oldham. Our priority now is to dedicate all of our resources to patients in the community through our Hospice at Home and Caring Hands services and a new service which we are piloting overnight ‘Rapid Response’.

The pandemic has taken a financial toll on the Hospice, which in turn has impacted our fundraising for the new In-Patient Unit. To help raise vital funds, and enable Dr Kershaw’s to furnish the heart of the Hospice, the in-patient family lounge, we have launched our Furnish with Love Appeal. Please support us and Give the Gift of Comfort to patients in our care, click here.

Group and drop-in activities

Due to the current pandemic, Dr Kershaw’s has temporarily suspended all group and drop-in sessions in the Well-being Centre at the Hospice.

Our community services remain open and we ask patients to check our website for further information and follow Government advice on COVID-19.

The COVID-19 outbreak is a fast-moving situation and we will provide regular updates on our website. If you have any questions, please contact us on 0161 624 2727.

Non-essential visits to the Hospice

Following Government guidelines we are encouraging everyone to stay home at this time. In order to protect you, our staff and volunteers, we ask that you only visit the hospice if absolutely necessary even if you do not have coronavirus symptoms. If you are not sure, or have any questions about your visit, please contact us on 0161 624 2727.

If you are concerned about your exposure to infection in any other circumstance you should contact 111 online and not visit the hospice.

Please note that whilst the term 'hospice' is used above, this guidance applies to everyone, working or volunteering for, or visiting Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, regardless of setting. We take the wellbeing of those using or working in the Hospice seriously and appreciate your support in following the guidance above.

If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Hospice on 0161 624 2727 and ask to speak to a member of the Senior Management Team.

6th November 2020

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