In-patient services

Our in-patient Unit consists of 12 beds, and is run by a dedicated and professional team of clinical and palliative care consultants, medical and nursing staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapist, administrators, social workers and complementary therapists, and our spiritual care team.

Each patient admitted to our in-patient unit is treated with dignity and care, and has access to 24-hour specialist palliative care. Our catering staff provide a delicious menu of delicious home cooked food and our housekeeping staff ensure the Hospice is clean and tidy every day. The Hospice also provides support for their families, friends and carers.

Referrals

Referrals to our in-patient unit are made by the healthcare professional who is caring for the patient. We have a multi-disciplinary team who review and prioritise referrals daily, taking into account the needs of each patient.
If you’d like to find out more about making a referral, please visit our Referrals Process page.

Facilities

Our 12 beds are separated into four single rooms, and two bays of four beds. Each bed has a TV, with headsets for those in bays. Free Wi-Fi access is available and we have a selection of talking books.

We do not place restrictions on visiting times, or numbers of visitors, but we ask you to bear in mind that large numbers of visitors can be tiring for patients, and the needs of other patients should also be respected.

Children are very welcome to visit. We ask that all children are supervised.

Discharge

Around half of our patients are discharged once their symptoms have been relieved. The length of a stay in our in-patient unit will vary depending on each patient’s individual needs, but a typical stay is around 10 days.

Following discharge, patients may be referred to our Day Therapy unit or out-patient clinic, to continue their care. The Hospice will work closely with the patient’s GP, district nurse, Macmillan nurse and community care teams to make sure that the appropriate support is available for the patient, and their family, friends and carers.

Preparing for admission

To help you prepare for your stay with us please contact 01244 851091.

“It is both challenging and rewarding. I feel privileged to work here.”

Andy Blundell, Ward Manager

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