The Hospice opened its doors in September 1990 and currently has six individual patient rooms, all with ensuite facilities. There are communal lounge and family room areas, facilitating patients and families to spend time out of their bedrooms.
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 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.
Respite care is also available to provide a welcome rest for relatives who normally care for patients at home.
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.
An appeal to raise £4.2 million to build a much-needed extension was launched in April 2017. The new extension will provide 10 new single ground floor ensuite inpatient rooms, new relatives room, treatment and therapy rooms, multi-faith room, improved visitors and reception area. The day centre will be completely renovated and enlarged, with the existing in-patient unit being used for long stay patients. Building started in September 2018 and we hope the new hospice will be operational in late 2019.