Last updated: Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 16.30

Facilities extended for coronavirus

We recently significantly expanded our 10 bedded in-patient unit to a maximum total of 26 beds to support the national coronavirus (COVID-19) response and need in our community. With fewer COVID-19 admissions currently required, the Katharine House Response Centre has now, with immediate effect, reduced beds back down from 26 to 16.  To find out more about our Response Centre please see our original news story at the link below.

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Restricted hospice visits

Temporary suspension of group and drop-in activities at Katharine House

Government guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Important update - 21 May: Restricted hospice visits

In line with all health care providers, and during the current lockdown period, the hospice currently has had to significantly restrict all hospice visits.

This is essential as a precautionary measure to protect our vulnerable patients and frontline staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Katharine House is following guidance from the government and Public Health England, and regret that the current pandemic has required us to restrict all visits to the hospice.

If you have any questions, please contact us on 01295 811 866.

Temporary suspension of group and drop-in activities and outpatient services at Katharine House

During this lockdown period, all group and drop-in Living Well sessions at Katharine House Hospice have had to be temporarily suspended to protect our vulnerable patients.

In the meantime, we are providing telephone support to those patients who would usually take part in group activities at the hospice by providing activities to do at home and keeping everyone updated through a monthly newsletter. 

All outpatient appointments have also been suspended at this time.  However, our community nursing team is continuing to support patients in their own homes. The majority of this support, at this time, is over the telephone, with home visits still made to patients in urgent need. 

During this crisis our inpatient unit rapidly extended from a 10 bedded unit to a maximum of 26 beds as a special Katharine House Response Centre to help care for patients affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). However, with a recent reduction in need for bed spaces at the hospice, this has been reduced to 16 beds.  For more information please see our original news statement here.  

We ask patients to check our website for further information and follow government advice on the coronavirus.

The Coronavirus pandemic is a constantly moving situation and we will provide regular updates on our website at If you have any questions, please contact us on 01295 811 866

Questions or concerns

If you are concerned about your exposure to infection in any other circumstance you should contact 111.

Please note that while the term 'hospice' is used above, this guidance applies to everyone, working or volunteering, or visiting Katharine House, regardless of setting. We take the wellbeing of those using or working in the hospice seriously and appreciate your support in following the guidance above.

If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the hospice on 01295 811 866 and ask to speak to a member of the senior leadership team.

Government guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please follow the links below to the government website for the most recent information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus information

Guidance on staying at home