The Hospice opened its doors in September 1990, in April 2017 an appeal was launched to raise money for a new hospice building to be built. We moved into our new building in March 2020. The hospice has 10 en-suite bedrooms each with a “cuddle bed” which can be extended to accommodate a partner, family member or bariatric patient. We are the only hospice in the UK which has all it’s bedrooms equipped with these beds. There is a family room for relaxing and refreshments, therapy rooms, multi faith room and a large family area.
The ethos of the hospice is to provide specialist care in an environment that enhances well-being, privacy and caring. Our patients mainly come from Andover, Stockbridge and its surrounding villages.
People may be admitted for:
- Symptom control of difficult symptoms like pain, nausea or vomiting
- Rehabilitation after some treatments e.g. radiotherapy
- Care at the end of life
- Psychological support
People are usually admitted to the inpatient unit for an average of 7-10 days, if a person’s condition is stabilized, the discharge will be arranged. This will be discussed with the person themselves and others important to them. Appropriate follow up by the hospice services or other teams working with the hospice will be arranged.
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 Hospice also has an important role to play in sympathetically supporting and caring for the family carers, who dedicate their lives to the comfort of their terminally-ill relatives. 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, furnished with a kitchen and overnight accommodation, relieve some of the strain of visiting patients in the final stages of their illness.