In Patient Unit
St Vincent’s Hospice has an 8 bedded inpatient unit. Each of the single rooms has en suite shower facilities and 4 of these rooms have a guest bed. Some people are admitted to the In Patient Unit for a short period of time for symptom management. Where appropriate, respite may also be considered, but we may not be able to accommodate specific dates. Other people may be admitted during the final stages of their illness and for end of life care.
Patients are cared for by our multi-disciplinary team. This team is made up of a consultant, doctors, nurses, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, patient and family support team and a spiritual care advisor. On admission to the In Patient Unit all patients have a full nursing and medical assessment and a plan of care is made with their agreement.
Prior to admission patients and their families are welcome to visit the hospice.
Visiting hours are open, however, we do ask that meal times are avoided as we have protected mealtimes.
We have a no smoking policy, however, there is a small hut in the grounds for patients only to smoke.
Referral Criteria & Procedure
Patients can be referred to St Vincent’s Hospice by their GP, Hospital Consultant, specialist nurses and community nurses. St Vincent’s Hospice will consider admissions to the inpatient unit for those with life limiting illness
Referral forms can be obtained by contacting 01505 705635 or . The form should be posted or faxed outlining the main issues with copies of relevant letters. Urgent referrals can be made by telephone with documents sent at a later date.
It is important that as much information can be provided at the time of referral to avoid delays in responding to a patient’s needs.
Please note that at busy periods we may have a waiting list for admissions.