Helderberg Hospice celebrates St Patrick’s Day

Staff at Helderberg Hospice on St Patricks Day.

Helderberg Hospice (HH) staff celebrated St Patrick’s Day on Tuesday March 17, to honour its partner organisation, Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, in America.

The organisations have been supportive each other for many years.
The staff were encouraged to wear something green, and the Helderberg Hospice volunteers made green Shamrocks to wear to honour the occasion.

In these uncertain and challenging times, due to Covid-19, there is always something positive to do amidst all the negativity and confusion.

Staff at HH have adapted to the situation in the last few days, and instituted numerous measures in order to move ahead.

As most of the people in its care are elderly and suffer from cancer and other life threatening diseases, Helderberg Hospice has taken to heart the announcement made by President, Cyril Ramaphosa, with regards to the steps to be taken to protect staff and loved ones from spreading the coronavirus.

HH has made the decision to postpone its events until further notice.

These were scheduled to take place in the Helderberg basin in the next few months, and include the Helderberg Hospice Golf Day, Violin Recital, Donor Appreciation Event, Open Day, and Cycling for Life.

HH is making every effort to keep patients, staff, volunteers, the community and loyal supporters informed and safeguarded wherever possible.

It has also introduced new visiting hours as follows::

2pm – 3pm; 6pm – 7pm

One visitor per patient for a maximum of 20 minutes within the designated times.

No persons under the age of 12 years.

Persons who have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus, or are exhibiting any symptoms, will not be admitted.

Visitors are permitted only at the discretion of the Support Unit Sister.