The Inpatient Unit is made up of single rooms and small wards and a small family centre for patients who have a family member or friend able to stay with them. Patients may be admitted for short periods for assessment, symptom management or for respite. The average stay for most patients is two weeks. Many patients return home whilst some spend their last days being cared for in the Inpatient Unit.

The doctors, nurses and therapists in the Inpatient Unit will make sure patients receive the support and care that’s best for them. They have time to spend with patients and their families talking and listening – staffing levels are much higher than in hospital and this is one of the aspects of Hospice care that is really valuable.

One of the main objectives of the staff will usually be to enable patients to return home to their everyday life at the end of their stay.  Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy are available to help with this as necessary. Complementary therapies are available to all. There is also the opportunity to talk to a member of the Family and Carer Support Team if this is helpful.

Visitors

Visiting is permitted at any time; your loved ones are welcome to visit day and night.

We also have a family centre onsite for patients who are able to have a family member stay with them in certain circumstances.

If you are visiting a loved one, please find directions to the Hospice here.

Catering for patients

If you spend time with us as an inpatient, all your meals and drinks will be provided and we will do our utmost to meet any special dietary needs you may have, whether health or culture related. You will be asked about this when admitted.

The Butterfly Lounge

The Butterfly Lounge provides refreshments for visitors and patients. A hot drinks and snack vending machine is available with a servery that is run by volunteers offering hot snacks between 10.30am – 7.30pm (subject to volunteers’ availability).

There is also a small shop within the Butterfly Lounge offering items patients may need whilst they are in the Inpatient Unit such as stationary, cards, toiletries and gifts. This is open to visitors and patients.  

Facilities

There are a number of facilities available to patients during their stay at the Hospice, including a hairdresser, computer and internet access and a garden that is accessible in a wheelchair or bed.

You can find out more about the Inpatient Unit by clicking here and downloading our patient information booklet 

For more information on how to find us or how to get in touch, click here.