We have 12 beds in our inpatient unit, providing 24-hour medical care to patients who have a complex mixture of physical and emotional needs. Each bed costs ¬£100,000 each year to keep open.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011
Many of the patients who are referred to our inpatient unit have a complex mixture of physical and emotional needs. The inpatient unit is central to the specialist care we offier, but it is difficult to secure funding for due to the high running costs - the nature of the care we provide requires a high ratio of clinical care for each patient. Salaries remain an unattractive prospect to many funders yet our nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and social workers ARE the hospice to many people.
The inpatient unit offers a team comprising doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists and social workers. Together they work to prevent and relieve suffering as well as improve the quality of life for patients and families facing the problems associated with terminal illness. The care and length of stay varies according to an individual's need; the average stay is around 10 days - short term respite care is needed, and we provide terminal care to those at the end of their life.
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