Information on Covid-19 Coronavirus

To protect our vulnerable patients and the staff that care for them, we are restricting access to our hospice sites.

Our Finchley ward is still operating, but in light of the latest Government advice we have taken the difficult decision to suspend visitors to the inpatient unit in order to provide the greatest protection to patients and our frontline staff during the pandemic. The only exception is one visitor – an immediate family member or carer – who will be able to visit when the patient is in the last few days of life. Any other visitors to the Hospice, our Health & Wellbeing Centre or Haringey site will be asked to wait at the door and a member of staff will come out to help them.

We care for people who are susceptible to more severe strains of coronavirus and it is therefore essential to take these precautionary measures.

Please check www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest updates.

The government advice has changed and people MUST stay at home. The only reasons to leave home are as follows:

  • To shop for basic necessities
  • To travel to work when you absolutely cannot work from home
  • To exercise once a day, alone or with members of your own household
  • Do not meet others. Even friends or family

If you, or anyone in your household, display symptoms of coronavirus – a new continuous couch or high temperature of 37.8 degrees or higher – here’s what to do:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. 
  • if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. 
  • If after 7 days you are still experiencing symptoms and they are worsening use the 111 online coronavirus service (www.111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19) to find out what to do next.

At North London Hospice the wellbeing of the people we support, hospice visitors, staff and volunteers is our first priority and that is why we are following advice and guidance issued by the World Health Organisation and the UK Government.

There are things that we can all do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.

Do

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don’t

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Thank you in advance for your co-operation. Please do not hesitate to email our Director of Clinical Services Fran Deane fdeane@northlondonhospice.co.uk if you have any concerns or questions or call the Hospice on 020 8343 6806.

Last Updated: Monday 26 March 2020

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