A HOSPICE will be closing its therapy unit following the latest government advice on coronavirus.

The Barnsley Hospice day therapy unit, based on Church Street, Gawber, has confirmed it will close until further notice amid the coronavirus pandemic, however the inpatient unit remains open.

The day therapy unit offers counselling, support for families and patients and a Lymphoedema service.

Its statement said: “There have been no cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) identified at Barnsley Hospice.

“Although the risk of coronavirus is low for the majority of people, the symptoms may be more severe in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with progressive, life-limiting diseases.

“We are continuing to follow UK Government advice when determining any necessary steps to protect those who use our services.

“We continue to deliver care in the Inpatient Unit but are limiting visitor numbers to two per room. and under 16s will need to have prior agreement with a member of the clinical team before they visit.”

Visitors to patients who are at the hospice have been advised not to attend the hospice if they are displaying symptoms of the virus or if they may have been in touch with someone who is a carrier.

Julie Ferry, chief executive at Barnsley Hospice, said: “Our main priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff and patients, and we are therefore taking any necessary steps to protect those who use our services.

“As a charity we rely on the support of the local community, so we’re asking you to consider sorting through your old clothes which you could donate to us, or if you can, please donate money online.”