St Clare’s Hospice will undergo a planned, temporary closure for three weeks from Monday 23rd July to Sunday 12th August 2018.
Whilst St Clare’s Hospice is delighted to have recently recruited three additional Hospice Physicians to our skilled team, the recruitment process has taken longer than initially anticipated and the Hospice will therefore not have a full complement of Hospice Physicians until mid-August.
As such, the Hospice - after close consultation with South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (STCCG), South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust (STFT) and South Tyneside Council – made the difficult decision to close St Clare’s Hospice on a planned, temporary basis for a three-week period from Monday 23rd July – Sunday 12th August 2018.
We pride ourselves in providing high quality Hospice care and, regrettably, believe that until our new doctors are fully inducted, we are unable to maintain patient safety.
The decision to pause services at St Clare’s Hospice has not been an easy one to make, however we cannot provide care and support to our patients and their family members without maintaining best and safe practice. We understand that this decision will be perceived as a setback but, in reality, it will enable the Hospice teams to resume full services, as planned, in mid-August and re-commence safe, high quality care to the community of South Tyneside.
During this period of time, all patients requiring specialist Hospice care and support will be continue to be referred to St Clare’s Hospice in the usual manner. A member of our clinical team will co-ordinate appropriate care liaising closely with our neighbouring Hospices – Marie Curie, St Benedict’s Hospice, Sunderland and St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle – alongside our NHS colleagues working in STFT.
In addition, calls to the South Tyneside 24/7 palliative care advice line (0191 529 7108) will be automatically forwarded to the St Benedict’s Hospice clinical team.
During this brief closure Hospice staff will be utilising the time available to refresh their training and to pursue professional development opportunities. We will also be undertaking refurbishment work in our In-Patient Unit bedrooms and will be refreshing our Day Care environment.
Further information on the temporary closure of St Clare’s Hospice can be found in our Questions and Answers document.
If you have any additional questions please contact Wendy McGauley, Head of Fundraising and Communications, on 0191 529 7134.