Covid procedures at Cornwall Hospice Care’s two hospices and 26 shops are to remain in place despite the removal of restrictions on Monday 19th July. The decision by the healthcare charity is based on the fact that Covid-19 is still present, numbers of cases are rising in Cornwall and work places are being disrupted as Track and Trace isolation alerts continue to escalate.

Paul Brinsley is Cornwall Hospice Care’s Chief Executive; “As a charity providing healthcare, we must put the health and welfare of our patients, staff, volunteers and customers first. We’ve worked hard to protect our charity over the last sixteen months and don’t want to let our guard down too quickly.  We’ve studied estimated daily hospital admissions following a sudden release as opposed to a gradual move away from the rules we’ve been following and they show the need to exercise extreme caution.”  

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At Cornwall Hospice Care’s two hospices, Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell and St Julia’s in Hayle, all front-line staff will continue to wear the necessary and extra PPE on the wards and visitors will be asked to carry on wearing masks if they are able to.

Paul Brinsley again; “We need to protect our shop teams too as they raise a big proportion of the money needed to keep the hospices open. Our till screens will stay in place, we’ll ask staff, volunteers and customers to keep wearing masks/visors and sanitiser stations will also remain. We’ll continue to restrict numbers entering the shops at any one time. We’re sure our shoppers will understand this stance as without the income from our shops we can’t operate our hospices and it’s as simple as that.”

We mustn't let our guard down too early

“We provide end-of-life care to people across Cornwall. We need to be here when they need us so our hospices must be protected and so too must our income sources. We received the following feedback from a patient last month and I’d hate to think we couldn’t help in this way because we let our guard down too early.”

“I really wanted to thank you all for your help during my rehabilitation. I can just about walk without any aids and am still improving thanks in no small part to the care provided by everyone at the hospice. Best wishes to you all, without you I doubt I would have survived.”