St. Vincent’s Hospice Inpatient Unit Reopening Monday 29 June
Wednesday 24th June 2020
Following the onset of the Coronavirus crisis in March 2020, St. Vincent’s Hospice (SVH) in Howwood and ACCORD Hospice in Paisley, agreed to work together for the good of palliative care patients across Renfrewshire. As part of that plan, inpatient beds were consolidated on the ACCORD site, supported by medical nursing, housekeeping and catering staff from both hospices working together, while SVH Community Services continued to be based in Howwood.
Now that Scotland is moving into Phase 2 of easing coronavirus restrictions, and the NHS is beginning to implement its recovery plans, we believe that the time is right to begin a phased re-opening of the Inpatient Unit at SVH. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we will begin admitting patients again from Monday 29th June. As with all healthcare facilities at the moment, we will be operating a restricted visitor policy to the inpatient unit. Patients and their families will be given full details of this prior to their admission.
SVH Community Services, including our Nurse Specialists, Medical Outpatients, Day Services, and Bereavement Counselling for adults and children/young people, continue to be provided by a mixture of remote consultations and, where appropriate, on a face to face basis. We have continued to accept referrals for all services throughout the last 3 months, and so would simply ask our local healthcare professionals to continue referring to us in the normal manner.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues at ACCORD Hospice who made our staff feel very welcome during this period of joint working. We would also like to extend our thanks to all our patients, their families and our local health and social care colleagues, for their patience and understanding during this period of change. We are delighted that we will once again be able to offer you our full range of services from our base here in Howwood.
Visiting The Hospice
Please read this information carefully about the visiting arrangements we currently have in place here at the hospice.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have had to put in place a number of measures to protect our patients, their families and our staff.
Regrettably, we have had to place restrictions on the numbers of people who can come into the hospice and the length of time for visiting.
We have reviewed our initial arrangements in line with updated Scottish Government guidance.
To help us reduce the risk of the infection being spread, each patient can now have four named visitors during their time with us. The names of these visitors must be given to staff. We are limiting the number of visitors to two at a time and ask that you phone ahead to organise a visit.
We will ask you some questions when you phone as part of a Covid risk assessment, but if you visit with someone from another household we will need to ask these questions again on your arrival at the hospice. We will continue to restrict visits to around one hour but are happy to support two visits each day.
The latest Scottish Government guidance has stated that visitors will be required to wear a face covering or non-medical grade mask in any internal areas of the Hospice. The Hospice can provide these if you do not have your own. This means that you will need to wear this face covering inside your relative’s room. If you are exempt from wearing a face covering due to health reasons, please make staff aware.
Visitors to the Inpatient Unit will gain access via the first car park in Midton Road (normally Staff Car Park). Please follow the signage which will guide you to the temporary entrance. Press the doorbell to alert staff that you have arrived. A member of staff will admit you to the unit, talk through the screening questionnaire with you, and advise you on any additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which may be required. They will direct you to the designated sink for hand sanitisation and then ask you to go straight in to your relative’s room. Please stay in this room for the length of the visit.
Please make sure that you keep a social distance (two metres) from the patient you are visiting, staff and other visitors while you are in the hospice, or the grounds.
We will do all we can to assist patients with keeping in touch with other family or friends using social media or digital solutions.
If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus – a high temperature, a new persistent cough or a change in, or loss of, taste or smell, please do not visit the Hospice. Please stay home, self-isolate and book a test as soon as possible. For more information, visit: https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/test-and-protect
Please know that we are taking these measures so that we can look after our patients as well as we can during these extreme circumstances.
This guidance will be reviewed on a regular basis in line with guidance from Scottish Government and IPU staff will relay any changes to you.
Thank you for your support with our efforts to minimise the Covid-19 risk.
If you have an enquiry that is non-clinical and non-urgent, please email Info@svh.co.uk and we will be back in touch as quickly as possible.