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Katharine House Hospice offers short term in patient care for patients facing the challenges of an illness that cannot be cured. Stays in the unit usually last between one and two weeks. Referral is through any health or Social Care Professional.


Patients are admitted to the unit for:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Assessment
  • Respite care, planned and crisis
  • Terminal care

We consider physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs to be equally important. A patient's family or close friends needs are also taken into account. In patients can access the following services:

Medical and nursing staff

With specialist knowledge and experience who are able to help you manage difficult or troublesome symptoms that are caused by your illness

  • Counselling services. This is available to family and close friends to support them in adjusting to the losses they are experiencing.
  • Complementary therapy - Including massage, aromatherapy, relaxation and reflexology
  • Diversional therapies - Day care and our Drop In Day, multi-sensory equipment, music, television, radio, talking books, newspapers, garden areas etc.
  • Volunteer staff  - Who have received training and work alongside the nursing staff on the unit
  • Chaplaincy services - Chapel, Chaplain, Pastoral care volunteers
  • Lymphoedema service
  • Comprehensive discharge - Including referral to other agencies if required
  • Access to information - About your illness and how you can manage it effectively


There is a choice of breakfast items. Morning and afternoon tea will be served. An aperitif will be offered before lunch. You will be given a choice of lunchtime and evening menus. Patients have access to food and beverages 24 hours a day. There is no charge made for food and drinks. We provide a varied menu and prepare food on site. For visitors we have a tuck shop and staff will also be able to provide you with details of local eateries.

Please ask staff for more information on these services.


What is the environment like? 

Beds are in both single and small three-bedded bay areas. There are en-suite washing facilities, a disabled access toilet for visitors, sofa beds for visitors who wish to stay overnight and a relatives flat for those needing to stay for longer periods of time. There is a dining area in the bays. There is a quiet room for visitors and patients, where they can make themselves a drink. There is a lift to the relatives flat for those unable to use the stairs. All side rooms and the bay areas have direct access to the garden areas. There is piped oxygen to each bed area and a nurse call system. The unit is carpeted throughout, pleasingly decorated with pastel colours and is designed to help you feel at ease and comfortable during your stay. 


Additional Information 

There is open visiting which means that your friends and relatives can visit whenever they like. 

We do ask visitors to sign in and out for security and health and safety reasons.

Children are welcome to visit but should be supervised at all times.

Pets are welcome to visit.

The direct line to the In Patient Unit is: 01785 270803 


What to bring with you 

It would be very helpful if you could bring the following with you: 

  • Day clothes 
  • Night clothes 
  • Electric razor and adaptor 
  • Medicines - in their original packaging
  • Slippers 
  • Shoes 
  • Any dressings currently being used 
  • Toiletries
  • Face cloth


Your Medicines 

In Hospice’s, some medicines are used in specialist ways which are not always specified on the product licence. If you have any questions about your medicines, please speak to a doctor or nurse who will be very happy to provide you with the information you require. There is also a patient information leaflet available on this subject, please ask a member of staff for a copy. 

Infection Control Statement

Resuscitation – Cardiopulmonary ‘heart and lung’ resuscitation (CPR) 

It is very rare for the heart or breathing to suddenly stop unexpectedly (a cardiopulmonary arrest). If it were to happen though, experience tells us that in people with conditions such as cancer or motor neurone disease, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR; giving mouth to mouth breathing and pressing on the chest over the heart) is rarely successful in restarting the heart and breathing. Given that for the vast majority of people admitted to Katharine House Hospice CPR is unlikely to be of help, we do not routinely carry it out. If it is thought to be of some possible help to you, the doctor will discuss this with you. If you would like more information, please ask your doctor or nurse. There is also a more detailed leaflet available called “Cardiopulmonary ‘Heart and lung’ resuscitation (CPR)”. 

For more information about this service contact In Patient Unit Sister on 01785 254645 or email

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