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Christmas visiting guidance

Monday 21 December 2020

St Barnabas House wants to support families to be together safely during the Christmas period in accordance with recent government guidance. 

COVID-19 remains a risk to people’s health and recent evidence shows that the virus is spreading more quickly in some areas than before, so we ask that you respect the safe visiting guidance and support staff in trying to keep everyone safe. 

Keep it small, keep it short, keep it local.

You are permitted to travel from a Tier 4 area to visit someone who is dying in the hospice. Please  discuss this with the Nurse in Charge in advance. 

  • Hands, Face, Space – Face coverings remain compulsory at all times on the In-patient Unit as is maintaining hand hygiene and social distancing. If you have a medical condition that exempts you from wearing a face covering, please inform reception who will call the Nurse in Charge. 
  • Patients that are COVID Negative may have two visitors at any one time. However, over the Christmas period we will try to accommodate increased numbers to a maximum of four visitors. Please help us to do this safely for everyone by letting us know in advance so that we can put additional measures in place to manage this. There may be times when visiting may be limited to make sure that social distancing can be maintained.
  • We ask that as a family you schedule your visits over the festive period so that all family members have an opportunity to visit whilst minimising group gatherings that increase the risk of spreading COVID. 
  • Patients that are COVID Positive have restricted visiting and this will be discussed and arranged with the Nurse in Charge as it is dependent on individual circumstances. 

Thank you for supporting and following safe visiting guidance. For the latest updates to other areas of our service please visit our COVID-19 page.