The In-patient Unit provides specialist palliative care. This means we will provide patients with individual, ‘whole person’ care which is needed to promote and maintain the best quality of life possible. The care provided takes into account the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
During a stay, patients will be cared for by members of the hospice team, which is made up of doctors, nurses, social worker, counsellors, chaplain, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, Citizens Advice Bureau Advisers and many others depending on a patient's needs.
Relatives are welcome to stay in over overnight accommodation in the In-patient Unit, so they can be near their loved ones.
After discussion with a patient and their family, the team of nurses and doctors who are caring for them on a day-to-day basis will have decided that the patient would benefit from a stay on the In-patient Unit.
Patients may be admitted for several reasons, usually for the management of symptoms or for end of life care. The average time spent in the In-patient Unit is about eight to ten days. Many patients then return home or to an appropriate place of care, for example a nursing home.
Patients who would like support from St Richard’s can be referred by their GP, consultant at the hospital, district nurse, relative or friend. They can also refer themselves.
In all cases the GP, who is the key person in charge of that patient’s care, will be contacted. We will then phone to arrange a convenient date and time to visit so that we can discuss and plan the support that we can offer and the care that may be needed. At all stages we will work in partnership with the community teams and acute hospital services involved in the patient’s care.
If you would like more information about referral please contact our Triage Nurse on 01905 763963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthcare professionals please go to our Information for Referrers page
for more information and referral form.