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St Barnabas House is closely monitoring the situation concerning the COVID-19 virus. We are in daily contact with Public Health England and the NHS. We will provide updates as and when information changes.
We are currently in a national lockdown. Stay at home and save lives. Please use trusted resources for updates on COVID-19, such as the Government website and the NHS.
We are doing everything we can to limit the risk to patients, families, and staff. Please respect the visiting guidance and support staff in trying to keep everyone safe.
Thank you for supporting and following safe visiting guidance.
We want to help in any way we can to keep loved ones in touch with each other during these difficult times and are encouraging, where possible, the use of mobile phones so people can stay in touch via FaceTime, etc.
We would also like to enable loved ones to write to each other and to send their letters to our dedicated email address – email@example.com. Our staff will monitor the emails each day and print them out for our patients or read the letters to them.
Care services are being reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with changes to government guidance. Our In-patient Unit and Community Team continue to operate as normal.
The NHS in Sussex has declared a Major Incident which means all of the health services across the county are running at maximum. The care teams at St Barnabas House are working very hard to keep things moving and are supporting both Brighton Hospital and St Richards, along with Worthing Hospital, to try and create some space in the system.
Our In-Patient Unit (IPU) and community teams are running as normal although both are extremely busy. We are working to increase capacity in the IPU, staff numbers allowing, to support the wider system and meet the demand we are seeing.
Day Hospice patients are not currently coming in to the hospice although they are being supported with phone calls by care staff and by Helping Hands for shopping and prescriptions.
Our café and chapel remain closed. If you would like a candle lit on your behalf, please contact our main reception on 01903 706300. Our chaplaincy team are at the hospice and will be happy to light a candle on your behalf.
You can download and view our full COVID Risk Assessment here.
Sussex Health and Care Partnership have launched a bereavement guide supporting those who have lost a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes practical information, signposting to further support and information on the new Sussex Bereavement Helpline.
Thank you for your continued support. We have been extremely moved by your kind messages and offers of support during this difficult time. This is a difficult time for everyone, but if you could consider supporting us with a donation at this time, it would be greatly appreciated.
Your support enables us to continue providing the care that is so vitally important to the people we work with – now and in the future.
Our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed until further notice and we are no longer able to accept donations and our delivery, collection and home clearance services have been suspended.
You can read our retail shop COVID Risk Assessment here.
You can find all the latest details of changes to specific fundraising events, by visiting our challenge events page.
All volunteer roles at the hospice, in our retail shops and those visiting in the community are currently suspended for the foreseeable future.
For more information please see our latest COVID-19 update for volunteers.
Be their eyes and ears to support the NHS and each other at this difficult time
These past few weeks, whilst challenging for many, have proven that we are great at working collaboratively and supporting each other. Across the organisation, many of us have been working #TogetherApart to ensure that our patients and their families still receive the support that they need. Now, we need to extend our teamwork culture into the wider community.
The Helpdesk Hub team at Healthwatch, West Sussex need us and those we care for to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of our communities; to help identify what is working well and where there are gaps within the provision and delivery of health and social care services in West Sussex at this critical time. With our help, Healthwatch will be able to use statutory powers to influence change and support services to make a positive difference for the patients and families who need us.
Healthwatch will feedback any changes that occur or useful information obtained from their data, but to ensure the highest accuracy and maximum benefit to all, our insight is essential for them to deliver this.