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Updated 12 August 2020

With the Nelson Tasman region now back at Alert Level 2, Nelson Tasman Hospice is responding with updated guidelines intended to keep our patients and their families, and our staff and volunteers, safe.

The Specialist Palliative Care Unit (SPCU) is open, as it was throughout the first lockdown, and we have updated our visitor policy.

Please see below for our current visitor policy for individuals wanting to visit our specialised palliative care unit (the inpatient unit). Contact tracing is very important, so we are collecting details from everybody who enters the premises, and asking a series of screening questions.

As you may know, most of the care we deliver is in the community with over 200 people receiving care at their homes at any time. Home visits are continuing.

Our motto and mission is “to care always” and we remain committed to this.

For updates and more information on keeping yourself safe:

uniteforrecovery.govt.nz

Information on where to access Covid-19 help:

  • For medical problems, call your GP as usual, or 111 in an emergency.
  • Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council and the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management Group have provided a hotline for people with urgent welfare needs: 
    Nelson City Council 03 546 0200 
    Tasman District Council on 03 543 8400 
  • If you have a concern about the welfare of an older person contact Age Concern at (03) 544 7624 ext 2
  • Call or text 1737, free, any time to talk with a trained counsellor.  
  • General information on New Zealand’s coronavirus pandemic response is available on the Covid19.govt.nz website or at their uniteforrecovery.govt.nz site.
  • Call the free Government helpline on 0800 779 997 (8am–1am, 7 days a week) if you’re not sure what assistance may be available or who to contact for help. 
  • Call the free Government support line 0800 22 66 57(8am – 8pm, Monday–Friday) if you have questions about business issues or essential services.  
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