The specialist ward at Sir Michael Sobell House has 18 beds, nine of which are single rooms and the remainder organised in 3-bedded single-sex bays. In 2012, the average length of stay was 14 days and over a third of patients admitted went home. The main services we offer within the inpatient unit are:
Patients are admitted for the management of complex physical, emotional, spiritual or social needs not responding to current management strategies, and where more intensive specialist palliative care or end of life care intervention is required. Length of stay will depend on the patient’s condition and the time it takes to stabilise the situation. We do not offer long-term admissions as we endeavour to support patients and individuals being able to return to and be supported in their own homes, community hospitals or care homes.
Patients may be admitted for up to one week at a time to provide respite for their informal carer if they are medically stable and their needs cannot be met otherwise. We can only accommodate one patient for respite at a time so this will need to be requested in advance.
Care for last days of life
Some patients express a clear wish to die in a hospice. Wherever possible, we will do our best to accommodate this. If we do not have a bed available at the time, we can help you liaise with colleagues in Katharine House (Banbury) and Sue Ryder Care (Nettlebed) to see if they have a bed available.