Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Information

Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our patients, their families and loved ones, as well as our staff, volunteers and the wider public.

Please see the following information and advice regarding our patient services. These are continually under review in accordance with government guidelines and updated. We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.

Visiting the Inpatient Unit

There is currently no limit as to who can visit or the number of visitors on the Inpatient Unit, but we ask that each patient only has two visitors in their room at any one time. Please ask to speak to the nurse in charge if you need further advice on how we can facilitate visiting.

Children who are a close family member can visit with a maximum of 2 adults.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive, please do not visit until you have spoken to the Inpatient Unit nursing team. We will advise if a visit is possible, by putting in place extra precautions.

Mask wearing is optional. Masks and hand gel are available at the entrances to the Inpatient Unit.

Please contact the Inpatient Unit on 0117 915 9431 should you wish to discuss anything related to this guidance.

Hospice staff visiting in your own home

We will contact, by phone, any patients or family member prior to any of our staff visiting in the community. If a visit has been arranged our staff will ask specific screening questions about COVID-19. When a visit has been arranged please be aware that our staff will be fully equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate to the care they need to provide. They will wear this on arrival and throughout their visit. We ask families to wear a mask when they are within two metres of our staff and to keep a window or door open to aid ventilation.

At the end of the staff members visit or shift their PPE will be double bagged and left with a tag to indicate the date it can be disposed of with normal household waste.

Hospice at Home shifts:

  • The team will wear a face mask if a patient is suspected to have or has tested positive for COVID-19. Staff may also wear a mask if it is their personal preference to do so.
  • Staff have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate to the care they need to provide.
  • We ask families to wear a mask and to keep a window or door open to aid ventilation if a member of the household is suspected to have or has tested positive for COVID-19.

All visitors to the Hospice

This visiting guidance has been devised to ensure patients can receive visits in a safe and supportive environment. We recognise the value of visits to the enhancement of wellbeing and experience for patients, but work in line with national guidance in relation to visiting and respiratory infections, including COVID-19. At St Peter's Hospice we take infection, prevention and control seriously to protect our patients, staff, volunteers and visitors.

We request that all contractors, relatives and friends consider carefully if they have any respiratory infections including COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed to someone who has and in either case not to visit the Hospice.

Main reception opening hours

  • Monday-Friday: 8.00am - 6.00pm

Out of hours access

  • Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Bank Holidays: 9:00am - 5:00pm

When reception is closed (out of hours access)

Visitors to the Inpatient Unit (IPU) should follow the blue 'IPU Access 8pm-8am' signs and access via the green pedestrian gate near the car park entrance.

For assistance call:

Please contact the Sisters or Unit Manager should you wish to discuss anything related to visits outside of this guidance on 0117 915 9431 (IPU)

Deliveries and contractors

Please enter via the service yard. For assistance, call 0117 915 9435 (Kitchen)

You will not be able to enter the Hospice premises at Brentry if you have any of the following:

  • Respiratory infection including COVID-19
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting

The coffee shop is now open to visitors from 11am-4pm, offering a selection of sandwiches, salads, soup, cake and hot drinks.

Day Services

Day Services at the Hospice and in the community have now resumed in person. Our Day Services pages will have been updated to reflect our new services for patients and families.

Clinical guidelines for healthcare professionals

Please see our updated selection of locally developed guidelines, links to national guidelines and other resources relating to palliative care, that might be a useful addition to any local policies and guidelines in place in your area. Visit our Clinical Guidelines section here.