Hospice within a Hospital
We are proud and incredibly excited by our plans to develop the first "Hospice within a Hospital" in England. St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice and United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust are working together to enhance palliative and end of life care and this development will deliver that strategy for the people of South West Lincolnshire.
The unit will provide 6 community hospice beds to serve the South West Lincolnshire community and will be based within Grantham and District General District Hospital.
The care will be provided by a nurse led team, supported by General Practitioners and other professionals.
The unit will directly benefit local people who require end of life care in an in-patient setting, assessment and treatment of symptoms or palliative rehabilitation. We will also be able to provide respite care for those with complex needs which cannot be met by community based services.
Clinical treatment provided within this new unit will particularly benefit those patients who have frequent hospital admissions for symptom management / acute treatments as they will receive timely, specialist intervention and then be transferred to the care of community teams for on-going support.
In addition to the specialist care provided within the unit, the service will also outreach into the main stream hospital services thereby enhancing the quality of care throughout the hospital.
In addition to providing 6 individual en-suite rooms for patients, families the unit also provides dedicated facilities for families and other visitors.
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Frequently Asked Questions
No - the service is provided free of charge to all service users
There will be 6 individual bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities, seating area and small courtyard. All bedrooms will be equipped with a TV / DVD. In addition, there is a general relaxation area, with a quiet room and contemplation room for use by patients and their families. There is also a bedroom with en-suite facilities for relatives who might want to stay overnight.
We understand that there will be times when your appetite will be reduced and you might not want to eat very much and that there will be other times when you feel peckish. We have therefore agreed a flexible arrangement in terms of meal choices and meal times. All patients will receive a food service booklet which details the wide range of meals that can be provided.
The Hospice within the Hospital will enhance the services provided locally. The hospice on Barrowby Road will continue to provide day care services for the local community and act as the base for the Hospice at Home team. There have never been any beds in the hospice on Barrowby Road.