ST Helena Hospice has announced that it is suspending visits due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity said unless someone’s loved one is in their last days of life, should not visit the hospice.

For those who need to make that visit, the number of visitors around a bed at any one time is limited to one per bed.

If you are over 70 and not next of kin, people are asked to consider if your visit is necessary, for the safety of themselves and patients.

“At the moment, we ask that no children under the age of 16 visit the hospice,” a spokesman said.

“We ask you to please not use any of the communal areas, and if visiting and you would like food or a beverage, please ask a staff member and they will bring it to you.

“Our staff will be adhering to wearing personal protective equipment for various reasons in order to maintain patient safety.

“There may also be situations when visitors are asked to wear PPE to protect themselves and the public.

“We kindly ask that all visitors respect our staff and the decision to suspend and restrict visiting at this time.”

The charity is also appealing for donations.

The spokesman added: “We’re facing a devastating loss of income because of the impact of the coronavirus.

“Right now, you can support us by donating to our emergency appeal so that we can continue to provide the expert and compassionate care our patients and families deserve and need.”

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