Our In-Patient services are available to those individuals aged 18 years and over with complex problems associated with a life limiting illness. These can include physical, psychosocial or emotional distress.
Our current four-single bedded In-Patient Unit is open 24 hours a day 365 day a year and offers symptom management, respite care and end of life care to those with a life-limiting illness. Our services are delivered by a multi-professional team consisting of General Practitioner with Specialist Palliative Care Interest (GPSI), Nurses and Nursing Assistants, Counsellors and Family Support Workers as well as a Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapists for whom palliative care is their core speciality. Care and support also extends to relatives and carers and we strive to provide a homely, welcoming environment, placing significant emphasis on an individual’s dignity, privacy and comfort.
Some patient’s needs are best supported by a short stay. A patient’s length of stay is usually between 7-10 days and could be for one of the following reasons:
- Symptom Control – Patients may have physical symptoms proven difficult to control such as pain, nausea or breathlessness. Medications are sometimes changed to help with specific symptoms and the effects are closely monitored.
- End of Life Care – Some patients choose not to die at home and the care we provide is supportive and sensitive to the needs of the patient and their loved ones.
One of our beds is designated for respite care and has been utilised widely by patients and carers for a period of 6 nights. Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family care giver can be overwhelming without any support, such as respite. Respite provides the much needed temporary break from the often exhausting challenges faced by the family care giver. In order to avoid disruption to the respite programme, it is expected that all respite patients will be discharged to their previous place of residence and their package of care, if required, resumed on the agreed discharge date.
Referrals for our inpatient services can be made through any health or social care professional involved in your care. Admissions are then arranged with the professional who has made the referral. Our inpatient services provides short term care only, therefore patients may move from our services to other care settings should this be appropriate.