In Patient Care
Our 11 bed specialist in patient unit is located on Nettleham Road in Lincoln and serves the county.
If you have complex physical or emotional care needs you may require a stay in the unit. The multi professional team work closely with patients, families and carers to manage complex symptoms.
The unit is located at the top of the city within walking distance of the Cathedral and the historic Bailgate area of Lincoln. The grade 2 listed building sits in its own gardens, and has its own small car park with reserved parking for patients and their family and friends.
Delivering Same Sex Accommodation - Declaration of Compliance 2016/17
St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice is pleased to confirm that it is compliant with the Government’s requirement to eliminate mixed sex accommodation. Please click here to view our Action Plan for compliance
St. Barnabas is committed to ensuring that all patients are treated with compassion and respect and that their privacy and dignity are maintained. The Hospice Inpatient Unit is a small facility registered to provide care for eleven patients. Patients are accommodated in two four bedded bays and four single rooms. Patients admitted to the Hospice Inpatient Unit will only share the room where they sleep with members of the same sex. Same sex shower/toilet facilities are close to the bed areas. Patients who require support with bathing are offered the use of specialised bathing equipment. This facility is single use but utilised by patients of both sexes; measures are taken to ensure that their privacy and dignity are maintained at all times.
If at any time we are not compliant we will report this through clinical governance and risk committees.
Safe Staffing Levels
Ensuring we have the right staff, with the right values, skills and training available in the right numbers to support the delivery of excellent care is essential.
From April 2015, we will be publishing information about the number of nursing staff working at the Lincoln In Patient Unit, together with the percentage of shifts meeting safe staffing guidelines.
This initiative is part of the NHS response to the Francis Report which called for greater openness and transparency in the health service.
Information about nursing staff levels on the ward will be published monthly.
To view January 2016 Safe Staffing Levels please click here
In addition, the ward displays a staffing status poster which shows the planned and actual numbers of nursing staff on shift each day and the name of the person in charge of the shift. This poster is displayed where it can be clearly seen by patients, visitors and staff.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sometimes patients will need the expertise of our consultant led medical team, specialist nurses and other health professionals to manage complex physical and emotional symptoms. Referrals for admission to the unit are made by the Hospice at Home teams, Specialist Nurses, Community Nursing Teams and GP’s. Many of the patients admitted to the unit are able to return home again within about 10 or 11 days.
Anyone who may be admitted can visit the unit beforehand to have a look around and ask questions. Simply telephone to arrange a time for yourself and/or your family.
When you arrive on the unit you will be shown to your bed which may be in a four-bedded bay or in a single room. You will be seen by medical and nursing staff who will assess your needs and plan your care with you and, if you wish, with your family / carer.
All patients and their carers have access to the conservatory, which includes a small play area for children, the patients lounge to sit, relax and watch television, and the Edwards Room, a lounge slightly away from the main ward area. Each bed area has its own storage, chair and television.
There is also a large balcony area overlooking the gardens and patients / visitors are welcome to use this. Patients will have use of the garden and patio areas should they wish to smoke. This may be restricted during the evening and night time.
It may be that due to your symptoms or condition you are experiencing difficulty eating.
Working with our nurses, the cooks will discuss with you your needs and choices and aim to prepare food individual to you.
Our food is sourced locally and prepared in our own 5 star kitchen.
Generally, we have open visiting. We do encourage our patients to rest between 14.00 and 15.30 during “quiet time”. This is also an opportunity for families and carers to have a break. If it becomes necessary, we do have a visitors flat in which patients’ family members or friends can stay overnight. This can be discussed with the nurse in charge.