Government advice about the risks of Coronavirus highlights the additional risk faced by those over 70 years of age and those with underlying health issues.
The Friends are very aware that nearly all the clients to the Social Day Service we operate are significantly older than 70 years of age, and that many, if not most, of our shop volunteers are also over 70 years of age. We have thought it wise to close the hospital shop, which, although a useful service for hospital visitors in normal times, cannot be classed as an “essential” requirement.
We have also decided to cease the delivery of the Social Day Service at the Day Centre, but alternative provision for keeping in touch with our clients (without the risks associated with gathering together) has been put in place from Monday 23rd March. This will include regular contact by phone from Jane Hayward (Social Day Service Manager) and possibly an occasional carefully managed home visit if needed.
We have a number of volunteers available to provide help with supplies if needed as a result of these phone contacts. Our clients (and volunteers) are still able to leave messages in the normal way, as before, on 01892 653133. We will deal with each message received as soon as we are able. As this new service delivery arrangement progresses, and as the national guidance develops, we will give regular updates through our social media and on our website.
Friends of Crowborough Hospital
20th March 2020