The In-Patient Unit (IPU) has ten bedrooms, each of which has a TV and DVD player, seating for your visitors and private access to our garden with patio furniture. Most rooms also have en-suite facilities.
In the IPU, we will help you with your emotional needs and your physical symptoms, including any pain. Our nurses will be on hand 24 hours a day to ensure you have the correct medication and are receiving the best personal and nursing care. A doctor will usually visit you every day, and we can help support your family, too.
If your symptoms have settled, you may wish to go home. If this is the case, we will continue to support you at wherever home is for you.
To find out more about how you can be referred to our In-Patient Unit, please talk with your GP, doctor, Hospice Community Nurse Specialist or Day Hospice contact.
If you are a healthcare professional who wants to refer a patient to our hospice services, please see our referral information.
What should I bring with me?
- A change of clothes and shoes, some night clothes, slippers (or slipper socks) and a dressing gown
- Toiletries and tissues
- Soft drinks and food supplements, if required
- Any medication that you are currently taking
- Any possessions that are important to you or that might help you feel at home, such as photographs, books or CDs
Visitors, including children and pets, are all very welcome, but we do ask that they respect meal and rest times (unless agreed by prior arrangement with the patient, the family and/or the nursing staff). These hours are:
- Breakfast: No set time
- Lunch: 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
- Dinner: 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
There is a room where your loved ones can make drinks and light meals. Friends and family can also telephone you on your mobile at any time.
Accessing other services during your stay
If you’ve been attending Day Hospice sessions, you can continue to visit there, if you wish. You might also like to have the hospice chaplain or one of our therapists visit you, or you may have questions for another member of the team, so please speak to a nurse if you would like to see anyone whilst you’re staying with us.