Our new Inpatient Unit provides specialist care for those with very complex palliative needs. It was designed in close consultation with our expert staff and has doubled the capacity of our previous Mill Road site, to a potential of 24 beds.
At present, we have 12 beds open in the south wing, with our team of registered nurses, healthcare assistants and volunteers being supported by consultants, our medical director and the wider hospice clinical team.
Further beds will be opened in due course and as need dictates, but this will be a gradual process in order to ensure that the full remit of Arthur Rank Hospice services remains available to every person requiring our care.
Each wing of the Hospice's inpatient unit has 8 single rooms and 1 four bedded bay, and every room has en-suite facilities and bed-accessible outdoor space. The rooms all take advantage of the morning or evening sun and some have walled gardens, so those who may also suffer from dementia can enjoy the fresh air in safety.
A comfortable patient lounge with french windows provides a homely space where patients and visitors can relax and additional communal areas in each wing are furnished with tables, chairs and sofas, where nurses or doctors can meet with patients, or families can eat together.
Meals, chosen from a rotating menu, are freshly prepared in our Bistro kitchen. The ward also has a dedicated entrance which buzzes to a screen in the Inpatient Unit reception out of hours, so that staff can identify visitors, greet them in a secure area and accompany them onto the unit.
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We also care for many more people in the community in their preferred place, which is often their own home through Hospice at Home and our specialist palliative care home team.