Coronavirus updates: 16th March

Date Published: 16th March 2020

There is a lot of uncertainty around the full impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are closely monitoring government advice and considering what implications this has for Teesside Hospice on a daily basis.

Our focus remains on the safety and wellbeing of our patients, staff, volunteers and supporters, whilst continuing to provide vital services to local people who have a terminal illness. We’re carefully following advice from the NHS and government and have introduced a number of changes, which you can read about here: www.teessidehospice.org/news/coronavirus-updates-hospice-changes

Like all charities, we are also monitoring the current and potential effects that COVID-19 will have on our fundraising, and whether we can go ahead with our planned activities. The current position is that they are going ahead.

We will, of course, be guided by the most up-to-date advice from the government. Our priority will be the safety of all involved.

At the moment, all of our shops are open and events are going ahead, including Brew Fest and Ladies’ Day and Midnight Walk. If anything changes, we will let you know as soon as possible. In particular, we’ll let you know about re-scheduling events and what we are doing regarding tickets, as soon as we possibly can. We will continue to keep you update through our social media accounts, website and email.

We want everyone to be as safe as possible, and that’s why for our supporters who will be attending our events, we will be implementing precautions such as increased hand washing and sanitisation. If you have any symptoms or feel unwell, please do not come to our events and instead follow the advice from the NHS and government, which can be found below

We know things are going to get more difficult in the coming days and weeks. Our staff and volunteers are working incredibly hard to continue to care for local people with terminal illnesses and ensure that nobody dies scared and in pain.

Thank you all for your ongoing support.

Where can I go for further information?

NHS UK: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

GOV UK:  www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Public Health England:   https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

For guidance about visiting us: www.teessidehospice.org/news/guidance-coronavirus-visiting-us

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