We have 11 palliative care beds and one day-care bed which is used for some treatments that would normally take place in a hospital setting. Some patients need only to stay a short period of time before symptoms improve and they are able to go home.

Those nearing the end of life, along with their families, are supported by the experienced and established clinical team. We also offer a pre-booked respite care bed for our patients who are mainly cared for at home, so that their families and carers get a break from caring for them full-time. The demand for this service means that we are unable to offer any long-term care placements.

The In-Patient Unit is situated within the Hospice in the grounds of Stoke Mandeville Hospital. There are some beds in bays and some single rooms, the majority of which look out over the garden.

Patients may be admitted for management of distressing symptoms, to maximise confidence and abilities before discharge home, or for end of life care. There is also a programme of re-assessment and re-evaluation for those patients with chronic conditions who have been assessed as suitable for it.

The length of stay will depend on the specialist needs of the individual, but the average amount of time spent in the Hospice is between 8-10 days. Long-stay beds cannot be offered.

If discharge home from the Hospice is not an option, help and support will be offered to find alternate care provision – the Hospice’s Discharge Liaison Nurse will help you explore your options and put the care that is required into place.

We appreciate that coming into the Hospice for an admission can be worrying. To make yourself feel more at home, as well as bringing toiletries and clothes (please label the latter), feel free to bring in any small reminders of home such as photos or something significant to you to comfort you during your stay.

Televisions and radios are provided, free of charge, at each bed. You are also welcome to bring in electronic equipment (phones etc.) and the Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust public Wifi can be accessed from the Hospice. However we must advise you that these items are brought into the Hospice at your own risk.

To aid in your assessment on admission please bring in the medications that you are taking.

Visiting is discouraged before 11.00am and after 9.00pm to allow patients to receive personal care and also to rest. However this can be negotiated individually. Visitors may be asked to leave whilst the patient receives care. We welcome children to the Unit and have a small play area for them. However, we ask that they are supervised at all times and noise levels kept to a minimum to respect other ill patients.

If you are anxious or worried about your stay in the Hospice please feel free to phone us and maybe arrange a visit prior to you coming in.