Hospice care is for anyone over the age of 18 years who has an advanced life limiting illness. It is delivered by a multi-professional team who have specialised in this field. This means that they will focus on you as a unique individual and on all your needs. We talk about these as physical, emotional, social and spiritual (holistic), all the aspects of your life that might be concerning you while you are trying to get to grips with what is happening.

This care is often called palliative care.

One of the other important aspects of palliative care is that it recognises the importance of those close to you, family and friends; that your diagnosis and how you feel will affect them too and that they may have lots of concerns and questions that we can answer and support.

We have a range of services to ensure that we can support you wherever you need to be. These include:

  • A team of specialist nurses who visit at home or in community hospitals and nursing homes
  • Beds at the hospice for symptom management, urgent respite care or care near to death
  • Day hospice open three days a week
  • Outpatient clinics delivered by the doctors  
  • A team in Horton Hospital who will visit if there is a palliative care need
  • A lymphoedema service for patients who have swellings
  • Groups for carers
  • A range of other outpatient clinics, including some complementary therapy
  • A bereavement service to support adults and children