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Who We Are and What We Do

Willow Burn Hospice provides palliative and end of life care to people living in

County Durham with a life-limiting illness and their families. We provide this within the scope of in-patient care, day services, family support and bereavement care and complementary therapies (as part of in-patient and day care service).

Our hospice is located in Lanchester County Durham and has been purpose-built to provide a homely, welcoming environment, placing significant emphasis on an individual's dignity, privacy and comfort.

"Mam is receiving the best possible care we could wish for. The support from staff is excellent, they always make time to explain the present situation with mam and answer any questions."

Our aim is to relieve physical and emotional distress, control symptoms and to provide care, comfort and compassion at end of life.

Our Nurse led team is supported by palliative care consultants, Dr David Oxenham and Annabelle Plyming and two sessional GPs with Specialist Interest – Dr Carole Patterson and Dr Sara Colclough.

Willow Burn Hospice is registered with the CQC for the treatment of disorder or injury within the hospice for adults with palliative and progressive health conditions.

Willow Burn provides care to Palliative and End of Life patients and their families in line with current National and Local policies and guidelines which encompasses NICE, Ambitions for Palliative Care strategy, Northern Clinical Network Palliative and EOL Guidelines. North Durham Integrated Care Board, Palliative and End of Life Care Steering Group, Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People –‘One Chance to get it Right’ principles which include the 5 priorities: Recognising, Communicating, Involving, Planning and Supporting.

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  • Café

  • Car Parking

  • Complementary Therapies as part of a care referral

  • Daily Newspaper

  • Day Centre

  • Ensuite Bedrooms with television, dining area and private patio

  • Gardens and Outdoor Seating Areas

  • Home Baking

  • Laundry Service

  • On-Site Chef

  • Spa Bathroom

  • Visitors Lounge

  • Wi-Fi

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