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Information on COVID

Please read the following patient visiting guidance and follow the links at the foot of this page to find our most current statements and guidance. 

COVID-19 Updated patient visiting guidance – 13/12/21

During the last year we have been required to regularly review our visiting guidance in line with changing Government requirements. As a result of the new Omicron variant we have had to review visitor access to the Hospice and the following will apply from Monday 13 December 2021.

Our In-Patients may have up to two named visitors from up to two households (who must be the same named visitors each time). Visitors will be asked to provide contact details prior to entering the In-Patient Unit to comply with NHS Test and Protect. Visitors will also be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), wash their hands or use hand gel regularly and confirm a negative Lateral Flow test prior to each visit. The nursing team will advise on this.

The two named visitors can attend anytime between 2pm and 8pm but are asked to avoid the evening mealtime between 5-6pm.

We appreciate that this is a very difficult situation and we are doing our best to accommodate individual needs. It is however essential that we balance this with the needs of our workforce in order to maintain their safety.

It remains essential that anyone who is feeling unwell, particularly with a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of smell or taste (anosmia) DOES NOT VISIT THE HOSPICE.

To minimise the risk to our patients, relatives and staff we would encourage all visitors to take advantage of the free Lateral Flow Testing service available through the Scottish Government via Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Please review the latest government advice on what you should do.

What is expected of me when visiting Hospice

COVID-19 Risk Assessment Ardgowan Hospice v26

The following link is the Infection, Prevention & Control Manual guidance which Ardgowan Hospice follows

http://www.nipcm.hps.scot.nhs.uk/scottish-covid-19-community-health-and-care-settings-infection-prevention-and-control-addendum/

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