Our Care

All of the services that we provide in the Helen McArdle Wing are centred around our vision is to  treasure lives through the provision of specialist supportive, palliative and end of life care.  

Our Care

In-patient services in the Helen McArdle Wing at Willow Burn Hospice are available to people aged 18 years and over with complex problems associated with a life limiting illness. These can include physical, psychosocial or emotional distress. 

Our in-patient 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 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. 

The Helen McArdle Wing is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year and offers symptom management, respite care and end of life care to those with a life-limiting illness.

Respite & Short Breaks

We know that many families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home, however the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family care giver can be overwhelming and we are here to offer you that support. 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.

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.

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