Thank you for looking after mum. I am so grateful for the kind care the whole team gave to mum and for helping us through this sad time. She received excellent care and as a family we received so much support.
From a grateful daughter 

Coronavirus COVID-19 News Update

Read the latest statement from Bury Hospice

Chief Executive statement 

Thursday 19th March 2020

I wanted to update you on how we are responding to the challenges of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how we’re ensuring we continue to provide the invaluable service our community requires. Following government and NHS advice we are required to make a number of changes to ensure the smooth running of Bury Hospice. We are closely monitoring the situation on a daily basis and this is informing our decision making and contingency planning.

Our key priority remains to make sure that we can continue to care for people in Bury who need us most, both within the hospice and within the community.

We’ve already taken a range of steps to maintain our service across Bury which include limiting visits to the Hospice and appealing to people who are visiting our patients to be mindful of their own health and to follow NHS/Government guidelines below.

gov.uk – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

We have had to cancel some of our groups such as bereavement groups and Day Services, however we are still in touch with people via telephone or email, and urging people to get in touch with us if they have any concerns during this time.

Since many of our volunteers fall into the vulnerable or “at risk” categories for susceptibility to the Coronavirus we continue to reassure volunteers that their health and wellbeing is the most important thing and that if they do have any concerns or would rather not come in to the hospice then they should absolutely not feel guilty in taking that decision.

Given the recent advice regarding social distancing, Bury Hospice has decided to postpone planned community fundraising events until the end of May. Over the next few days, we will be contacting all of our fundraisers and sponsors and will keep them up to date with all relevant information.

We trust that our supporters will understand our position and will continue to support Bury Hospice during this challenging time. You can still do this by playing our lottery, buying tickets for our forthcoming raffle and visiting our shops; also by becoming a regular giver by pledging a monthly donation to us.

I have been amazed by the passion and loyalty of our supporters, staff and volunteers during this unprecedented time.

Thank you.

Eloise Burke

Chief Executive, Bury Hospice

Last updated: 19/03/2020

  • Services Update

Read the latest Services Update from Bury Hospice

Thursday 19th March 2020

 

As you all know we are operating in difficult times and in light of the Coronavirus pandemic we are required to make a number of changes to ensure the smooth running of Bury Hospice.

I want to reassure you that the Senior Management Team and Board of Trustees are following NHS & National Government guidelines and closely monitoring the situation on a daily basis. This supports and underpins our decision making and contingency planning.

Our approach to the situation is calm and informed by facts and clearly the most important precaution against the spread of this disease is implementing sensible hygiene and socialisation advice.

Hospice Visitors: We are limiting visits to the Hospice and appeal to people who are visiting our patients to be mindful of their own health and if they have been in contact with anyone with Coronavirus not to visit.

Volunteers: Any meetings/ training sessions or regular meet-ups scheduled to take place up until Easter will be cancelled to help prevent spread of the virus, and to protect the Hospice environment.

Since many of our volunteers fall into the vulnerable or “at risk” categories for susceptibility to the Coronavirus we reassure volunteers that their health and wellbeing is the most important thing and that if they do have any concerns or would rather not attend their shift then they should absolutely not feel guilty in taking the decision not to come in.

Volunteers based on the Inpatient Unit and in Day Services are being asked not to attend shifts for the foreseeable future, however Hospice based volunteering on the operational side of things is to continue as normal unless there are any further developments.

Clinical services

IPU Visitors: Visitors are restricted to immediate family members, must use the IPU reception entrance and follow the advice and recommendations once within the Hospice.

The Hospice canteen and IPU patient dining room is now closed to visitors.

Meetings: We are pausing our regular meet up groups such as, Sunflower and Bereavement groups, as well as Day Services until the end of May.

Walk and talk group: Due to the latest government coronavirus guidelines, in particular around the Social Distancing guidelines for those ages 70+ or who have specific long-term health conditions, and advice we have received this morning from Public Health, there will be no more led health walks until further notice.

Last updated: 19/03/2020

  • Fundraising and Retail update

Read the latest Fundraising and Retail update from Bury Hospice

Thursday 19th March

PLEASE NOTE – Radcliffe shop is shut until further notice. All shops no longer trading on a Sunday until further notice.

Fundraising

All Hospice and community events planned up until the end of May are being postponed. Currently all events post May are planned to continue. Please talk directly to the fundraising team if you have any questions about events you are involved with or organising to raise money for the Hospice.

General donations: We are encouraging people with donations to continue dropping them off at the main Hospice reception area, providing they follow the Hospice checks prior to entering the building and then upon entry follow the sanitisation guidelines.

Hearts/cheque and charity of the year presentations: we are postponing both these activities.

Tubs and buckets distribution and collection: can continue as usual providing collectors follow Hospice sanitisation guidelines; that is to wear personal protective gloves; wipe the tubs and bucket handles and main area with antibacterial wipes upon collection and wash hands afterwards.

Lottery

Weekly lottery: We will continue to run the weekly lottery draw. We will endeavour to continue collecting cash and cheque payments via our normal process. However, in the event that our lottery collectors are not able to collect cash or cheque payments, monies will be collected from relevant agents as soon as we are able to do so.

Summer raffle: is unaffected and the next draw is still planned to take place in July, with raffle tickets being distributed in May.

Lottery canvassers (our door to door lottery promoters) are unaffected providing the lottery collectors follow government sanitisation and socialisation guidelines, business can continue as usual.

Shops:

Please do not leave donations outside the warehouse whilst it is shut.

Whilst shutting our shops will affect our income generation, we have taken this decision as the safety of our community, volunteers and staff is of paramount importance. We thank you for your ongoing support during these difficult times.

Saturday 21st March 2020

Shops: Although it is our intention to keep all the shops open for as long as is possible we are reviewing this on a daily basis. Any temporary shop closures and/or changes to the shops opening hours will be communicated on social media, on our website and in our shop windows.

Radcliffe shop is shut until further notice. All shops no longer trading on a Sunday until further notice.

Warehouse: collections and deliveries. Deliveries and collections continue as usual providing drivers follow recommended government guidelines. All initial calls are screened prior to collection.

Ebay: will carry on as usual.

Last updated: 19/03/2020