The Sobell House inpatient unit was purpose built in 2003.

Care as a Hospice Inpatient

We have 18 beds, nine of which are single rooms and the rest organised in three rooms with three beds in each. This gives us flexibility to provide a bed for you in the best place in relation to your condition and needs on arrival.

All single rooms have en suite facilities and the larger rooms have a shared bathroom. In addition, we have two large bathrooms fully equipped to be able to lift and manoeuvre those who are less mobile safely. These baths are also Jacuzzis so that patients can enjoy a good deep soak.

Each bed has a radio, TV and a telephone, for which a phone card can be purchased from ward staff. Arrangements can be made to use the internet so you can keep in touch with friends and family should you wish to or even work if you so require. You are welcome to use mobile phone but please note that signals for mobile phones vary between providers and we would ask that you consider other patients when using them.

Each room opens onto a small outside terrace for fresh air and views of the garden, which are lovingly tended by our volunteers. Beds will fit on the terrace if you would like to be outside.

Care as a Hospice Inpatient

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How long will my stay be?

Following your referral a decision that you should be admitted to our specialist inpatient unit may be made, and the length of time you will stay with us will depend on the reason you are with us, and the time it takes to arrange your discharge.

What if English is not my first language?

We are able to provide interpreters. We would encourage you, or your family and friends, to use this service to help us assess your needs fully and we would ask that we be contacted as soon as it is confirmed that you are being referred to us so that we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Our facilities

The Sobell House inpatient unit was purpose built in 2003. We have 18 beds, nine of which are single rooms and the rest organised in three rooms with three beds in each. This gives us flexibility to provide a bed for you in the best place in relation to your condition and needs on arrival.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need your own toiletries, nightwear, daywear and slippers. There are individual wardrobes for you to keep your belongings. We provide towels and bed linen. You will need to arrange for someone to bring in clean nightwear or clothing as and when needed, as we do not offer a laundry service. Although we have a small safe on the ward, we recommend that you do not bring in valuables or large sums of money.

What about medicines?

You will need to bring with you all the medicines you are taking and your most recent GP prescription request. We may continue the same prescription but may also prescribe other medicines. Where you are taking unusual or alternative products or medicines, you will need to supply these yourself but you will need to inform us about them when you are admitted. If there are any problems with your medicines, please let us know and our pharmacist will come and talk to you.

Meals and other home comforts

We are very fortunate to have our own kitchen on the premises and cook fresh produce daily on a small enough scale to be likened to home cooking. Our chefs can deal with specialist dietary requirements if known in advance. Breakfast is served at 8am, lunch at 12.30 and the evening meal at 6pm. If you miss a meal for any reason, we can make other arrangements for you.

Other services for inpatients

At Sobell House your care will be provided by a team of professionals from different backgrounds, as well as support and administrative staff, and volunteers who also work with us in many different ways.

Visiting

We do not have strict visiting times but we encourage people to visit between 11am and 8pm to allow us to tend to patients’ needs in the morning and evening. We have limited facilities for close relatives or friends to stay overnight and if you would like to stay, please speak to a member of staff.

Shopping

There are a variety of shops in the Churchill Hospital and the Cancer Centre, both of which are within walking distance for your friends or family. Toiletries, newspapers, books, chocolates and other items can be purchased from these shops during daytime opening hours.

Car Parking

Information on parking at Sobell, including maps and directions.

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Caring today, tomorrow... and in the future

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