Respite Care

In-Patient Unit

Important Coronavirus Information: Visiting the In-Patient Unit

Updated: Friday 28th May

St Michael’s Hospice places great value on the importance of patients, their families, friends and loved ones being in touch with each other and we are committed to enabling the greatest flexibility for contact that our risk assessments determine possible whilst ensuring the safety of patients, visitors and hospice employees.

Please be assured that we are reviewing our position on visiting regularly in line with governmental guidance.

If you would like to discuss how you can be in contact with someone on our In-Patient Unit, please telephone 01424 445177.

“At the Hospice we try to make every patient’s wish come true. It was such a special moment to see Janet so happy with her horse Crumble in a relaxed environment, and the sun beaming down; it was priceless.”

Jo, IPU Nursing Manager

Following a discussion with you and your family, our experienced team will offer you a programme of care to suit your needs. We are committed to involving you and your family in all decisions about your care.

In addition to our key services, our in-patients also have access to other services such as; complementary therapies and counselling from the Sara Lee Trust (an independent charity based within St Michael’s Hospice), physiotherapy, spiritual support and support from our Social Workers.

People are admitted to the Hospice for a variety of reasons:

  • Assessment – a period of close observation to clarify your palliative care needs and to plan future care
  • Symptom control – to help alleviate the concerns and issues you have
  • A step down from hospital, in order to get you stronger, improve your well-being
  • End of life care – to provide care, and support in a safe environment.

A common myth is that people come into the Hospice to die. The reality is very different; we aim to improve quality of life.

Referrals to the In-Patient Unit

Admission to St Michael’s Hospice is upon referral by GPs, specialist healthcare professionals and our Hospice at Home team. Healthcare professionals can download our Referral Form via the healthcare professional section of our website and return via email.

These documents are also available through HARMLESS.

Get in touch with St Michael’s Hospice

To discuss admission or our other services further, please contact 01424 445177.

Visiting times

Visitors, including children, are welcome between 10am – 8pm.

Pets are able to visit by prior arrangement.

Overnight facilities for family and friends may be available on request.