Information for patients, carers and families

What is hospice care?

DSC 2336 - CopyHospice care improves the lives of people who have a life-limiting or terminal illness. It helps them to live as actively as they can to the end of their lives, however long that may be. It not only takes care of people’s physical needs, but looks after their emotional, spiritual and social needs as well. Hospice care also supports carers, family members and close friends, both during a person’s illness and during bereavement. You may also hear it called palliative care.

This care can be provided in the patient’s home, Beacon View Wellbeing Centre or a short stay in the In-patient Unit.

By providing this support, we try to enable our patients to achieve the best quality of life during this stage of their illness.

“You matter because you are you and you matter until the last moment of your life. We will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.”

Dame Cicely Saunders, Founder of the modern hospice movement.

How am I referred to a hospice?

Your GP, Hospital Consultant or Specialist Nurse can refer you to the unit. Once we have received the referral, a member of our team will contact you to make an appointment for a fuller assessment of your needs.

If you require information prior to referral, the Clinical Services Manager will be happy to discuss any relevant issues.

Do I have to pay?

No, all the services provided by the Hospice are free. We are a charity and we only receive a small grant from the NHS. More than 86% of our funds is provided by charitable giving, with our Fundraising Team needing to raise £7,200 per day to keep all our services active.

We could not manage to provide our services without the generous donations from our supporters.

Useful websites for patients, families and friends of those affected by life-threatening diagnosis

Contact information for Children, Illness and Bereavement

Registered Charity Number: 1056114