Patients can be referred to us for inpatient care for a number of reasons:
- To help control symptoms they are experiencing as a result of their disease.
- For psychological and emotional support.
- For care in the last days of life.
If you are referred to us for in-patient care, it is because your GP, district nurse, consultant, clinical nurse specialist or other healthcare professional has discussed your current needs with us and has recommended admission. This will only ever happen with your consent.
We know that being referred to the hospice can be daunting, and it’s common for our patients to feel apprehensive before being admitted. We try our best to alleviate any concerns you may have, so if you feel you would like to visit us – and are well enough to do so – you can arrange to come and have a look around. Please contact your Macmillan or district nurse, or telephone us directly to arrange this on 0161 725 9800, extension 222.
The inpatient experience
Staying in our hospice is very different to staying in a hospital. You will be cared for in a single room overlooking the garden, with your own TV, telephone and Wi-Fi access. We want the experience to be as home-like as possible, so we encourage you to bring your own personal items, such as photographs, for your room. You may wish to bring in clothes along with your nightwear, as if you feel up to it, your family might wish to take you out for short periods during your stay.
Visitors are welcome at any time, although we suggest that visits should be over by 9pm.
Children are welcome to visit however if you suspect they maybe unwell please ring and speak to the nurse in charge on 0161 725 9800 ext. 222.
Bury Hospice is not a long term care facility; in fact, almost half of our in-patients are discharged each year. This is always assessed on an individual basis according to medical and psychological need; if you are to be discharged, we will plan and support the whole process in partnership with you, your GPs, Macmillan nurse and district nurse.
A typical in-patient stay is seven to ten days.