The Inpatient Unit is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our 12 bed inpatient unit offers dedicated support and care to patients with a wide range of symptoms associated with a life limiting illness.
We can support patients by providing symptom control, respite care and end of life care. Our nursing team can also offer support to patients so that family and carers are able to take a break.
We offer a high nurse/patient ratio ensuring that patients are able to get the dedicated support that they might need.
- We aim to provide a high standard of care in a relaxed atmosphere
- We will plan your care with you, to reflect your specific needs
- Support is extended to your family, friends and carers
- We are happy to explain your treatment and care to you and with your permission, your family, friends and carers
- We maintain patients’ dignity and privacy at all times
- We work with your GP, Community Nurses, Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurses and other professionals to ensure continuity of care
In order to provide the most effective care, information about you is shared between Hospice team members on a ‘need to know basis'. All who work at the Hospice, including volunteers, follow a strict code of confidentiality. Information is only shared with other professionals involved in your care and your family, friends and carers with your permission.
Admission is usually arranged to:
- Relieve troublesome symptoms
- Give family and carers a break
- Provide end of life care
The emphasis is on short-term admissions – the average length of stay is less than two weeks. Actual length of stay is determined by individual patient need.
We were able to support 264 patients in our Inpatient unit last year.
Visiting is open and flexible. There are 2 day rooms and an overnight room for use by the families of patients. We welcome children of all ages and pets are also welcome to visit by prior arrangement with the Senior Nurse on Duty.
Palliative Care Advice Line
The nurses within the Inpatient Unit provide a 24 hour telephone helpline.
The helpline is for patients, carers and healthcare professionals
It gives direct access to nurses with experience in palliative care who can offer advice and support or guide you to other appropriate agencies
You do not need to be referred to our services to be able to use this advice line
The Specialist Palliative Care advice line provides 24 hour advice, 365 days per year on 01462 679540
At the Hospice, there is no "cardiac arrest team", as it is unusual for a patient receiving hospice care to have a cardiac arrest where it is appropriate to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This is because, in the unlikely event that a patient was to have a cardiac arrest, they would usually already have significant underlying health problems, making a successful outcome from CPR very unlikely.
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