We’re cancelling Christmas work gatherings in our hospices; a briefing from our Executive Team on Wednesday 8th December 2021.
In the light of the rapid increase in Covid cases, including the new variant, we have had to make the difficult decision to ask that you don’t hold any festive team gatherings within our hospices. We know this is disappointing, but the risk of losing staff for an isolation period of ten days is too great.
As we’ve said before, as a healthcare charity we must be careful not to inadvertently spread this disease in any of its forms. We appreciate little is known about the Omicron variant, but we feel a cautious approach is suitable to protect each other, our family and friends and most importantly, our front line staff who provide the end of life care we offer.
This week we’ve sadly cancelled our Christmas afternoon teas for our volunteers and postponed the long-service presentations we had planned for staff. Our Ward Sisters, who were going to pay festive visits to some of our shops, have cancelled knowing we must try and keep all our hospice services open. We were hoping to be face to face for our next Board meeting, but have reverted to TEAMS and our Senior Management group are also going online for their next get together.
If you have any questions or want to discuss any plans you have for a pre-Christmas work gathering in one of the hospices, please contact your Line Manager.
We’re extremely sorry that we’re back at a point where we have to remind you of the issues Covid can create for us, but cases in Cornwall have risen alarmingly recently and Omicron numbers are doubling every two days. This simply isn’t the time to let our guard down or to have to close any of our front line services.
Thank you for your continuing understanding and patience. It’s very much appreciated by all four of us, especially as we head towards Christmas when you’ll all be hoping to relax and celebrate with your loved ones.
Paul, Gina, Graham and Verity