Our Inpatient Unit is available to patients with life-limiting illness who need a short term admission for symptom control, psychological support, rehabilitation or a procedure for management of pain or other symptoms. On average, patients usually stay in for a short period of ten to fourteen days before being discharged home or to a longer term place of care. Some patients do need to stay for a longer period because they need the ongoing care of the specialist team which cannot be provided elsewhere and discharge is then planned when the person’s care requirements stabilise. We do not provide respite or long term care as this can be provided by care homes in the area.
Patients and their family or carers, if the patient wishes, will be involved in discussions and plans for discharge from the Inpatient Unit and follow up care may be arranged in our Wellbeing and Support Centre, one of our medical clinics or by the Community Palliative Care team. The Inpatient team will also let your GP and district nurse know that you have been an inpatient at the Hospice so that they can continue to support you when you go home.
Patients are cared for by experienced doctors, nurses, catering staff, housekeepers and volunteers with input from the other teams such as Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Family Support Team, Complementary Therapists, Discharge Planning and Chaplaincy.
Our inpatient unit has fifteen single en-suite rooms for patients with patio doors allowing entry to beautiful gardens. Each room has a flat screen television with free view. In addition to the en-suite showers, there are two large bathrooms with large spa baths.
There are two pleasant lounge areas that provide a comfortable setting for patients and their family and friends. Water, tea and coffee is available in the lounge. Patients and visitors can have hot and cold drinks and snacks in the Café which is open Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm.
We have two family rooms which can be booked by relatives or friends wishing to stay close to the patient. Please ask the nurses on the Inpatient Unit about this.
We have open visiting but ask that all close family members and friends inform the nurse in charge if staying overnight or need to visit after 8pm for security reasons. For the same reasons we ask visitors staying overnight to remain on the unit between the hours of 10pm and 8am if possible.
Smoking is not permitted inside the Hospice but patients are allowed to smoke in the garden area. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the Hospice or it’s grounds for visitors or staff.
Referrals for admission to the inpatient unit can be made by the patient’s GP, District Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist or other Health Professional. They may do so by calling the inpatient unit on 0151 529 8674.
For more information please contact Kerry-Ann Cunningham, Ward Manager on 0151 529 2299
To find out how to access this service please visit our referral page