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Latest updates from St Catherine's

The safety and wellbeing of our patients, their families and visitors, our volunteers, our supporters and our staff is always at the centre of everything we do at St Catherine’s.

Following recent positive COVID-19 results for one patient and some members of staff, we are following  Public Health England (PHE) guidance for management of ‘outbreaks’ in care settings and we are currently limiting admissions to our inpatient unit to reduce further risk of transmission.

We have had extensive infection prevention and control measures in place to prevent and manage coronavirus infections since the pandemic emerged in March 2020. These include staff working from home, compulsory face masks to be worn in all hospice buildings, strict hand washing regimes, social distancing throughout the hospice, and use of medical PPE.

We are now regularly testing our staff and will gradually start to admit more patients to our inpatient unit when it is safe to do so and in liaison with PHE.  Our expert care in the local community in people’s homes and care homes continues to be delivered at this time.

Along with many other healthcare providers, we are experiencing challenges maintaining staffing levels to deliver our services. We are working closely with our partners to continue to provide the care that our community needs, and we are very grateful for your support and patience during this very difficult time.

Our services

To keep everyone as safe as possible during this time, we have made the following changes to our services:

  • We have closed our Living Well Centres in Crawley and Caterham
  • We have temporarily stopped our public bereavement support groups in Crawley and Oxted
  • We have cancelled all external training courses at the hospice and external sites.

Additional resources

We have a range of online and virtual resources for you to access:

Our shops

All our shops are currently closed and cannot accept donations. We hope to reopen as soon as possible following the current lockdown.

You can still find bargains and designer items at our eBay Shop here.

Our new hospice building

With the complexities of delivering our care at this time, we must focus all our attention, resources and expertise on delivering our core services.

With this in mind, we have reviewed the timelines for the move to our new hospice facilities in Pease Pottage, and have taken the decision to delay the start of construction from June this year. Additionally, our construction partner, Barnes, has also decided to postpone all new construction projects.

We are committed to building a new home for St Catherine’s and will commence construction as soon as it is sensible to do so.

Your support

As a local charity we rely on the support of our community to be able to provide our expert care and support. It’s only by working together that we can look after local terminally ill people when it’s needed most. In these uncertain times providing our care has never been more important.

We continue to monitor the ongoing changes around coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to provide relevant updates. Please follow us on social media for the latest information.

Facebook – St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley

Twitter – @StCHospice

Instagram – @stcatherinescrawley

I’d like to thank all colleagues and volunteers who continue to provide outstanding care and support, on the frontline and behind the scenes during this time.

I also want to thank everyone in our community who donates or raises funds so we can care for local people facing death and loss. If you’re able, you can support us by calling 01293 447361 or donating online here.

Giles Tomsett, Chief Executive

Updated 12.1.21


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