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Hospice closed to visitors

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

Government guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Important update - 27 March: Hospice closed to visitors

In line with all health care providers, we have had to regrettably close the hospice to all visitors.

This has been a very difficult decision; however, it is essential as a precautionary measure to protect our vulnerable patients and frontline staff against the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Katharine House is following guidance from the government and Public Health England, and regret that the current pandemic as required us to take this decision.

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

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

After careful consideration, we have decided to temporarily suspend all group and drop-in Living Well sessions at Katharine House Hospice as a precautionary measure in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

There have been no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Katharine House. However, with the Government response move to a delay phase, we are taking appropriate steps to minimise footfall at the hospice and reduce the likelihood of onward spread of COVID-19.

We believe this is the most responsible course of action in order to protect our vulnerable patients.

Over the coming days we will endeavour to put in place alternative ways to support those patients who would usually take part in group activities at the hospice.

The rest of our hospice services, including the inpatient unit, community nursing support and outpatient appointments, remain open and we ask patients to check our website for further information and follow government advice on COVID-19.

The COVID-19 outbreak is a fast-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 and not visit the hospice.

Please note that while the term 'hospice' is used above, this guidance applies to everyone, working or volunteering for, 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