Our inpatient unit is housed within the new hospice which opened in April 2020 and our patients mainly come from Andover, Stockbridge and the surrounding villages.
People may be admitted for:
- Care at the end of life
- Symptom control of difficult symptoms like pain, nausea or vomiting
- Rehabilitation after some treatments e.g. radiotherapy
- Psychological support
People are usually admitted to the inpatient unit for an average of 7-10 days, if a patient’s condition is stabilised, then discharge will be arranged in consultation with the patient and others important to them. Appropriate follow up by hospice services or other teams working with the hospice will be arranged by hospice staff.
We can also provide a short stay facility to regulate symptoms and pain control, with patients returning home for many months of improved quality of life – possibly before readmission for terminal care.
The inpatient unit has ten ensuite bedrooms which all have access to a private patio and garden area. Each room has a ‘Cuddle Bed’ – the ‘gold standard’ in acute care beds and the only hospital bed commissioned to sleep two people. At the touch of a button, the bed can be extended to accommodate a partner, family member or bariatric patient. The bed can be lowered to 30cm and has a smart system which can be programmed to allow staff to receive alerts for medical procedures, turning, etc and if a patient is getting out of bed unaided. We are the only hospice in the UK which has all it’s bedrooms equipped with these beds. Each room has a multi-position chair for patients and a bed sofa for relatives to stay overnight with their loved one.
There is a Family Room with fully equipped kitchen, a large bright public area, a Sanctuary for quiet moments and a multi-use mezzanine which can be used for celebrations and family gatherings.
The Hospice also has an important role to play in supporting carers, who dedicate their lives to the comfort of their terminally-ill loved ones. We offer support for families and friends when patients are in the Hospice and, at the time of bereavement. The use of a family room at the Hospice and overnight accommodation can relieve some of the strain of visiting patients in the final stages of their illness.