Inpatient Unit

We provide 24-hour specialist palliative care to patients on our Inpatient Unit 365 days a year.
 

Visiting update

 
24 July 2020
 
In light of some easing of national restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, at Lindsey Lodge Hospice we have made the decision to slightly relax our no visiting policy for those patients that are admitted for symptom management.
 
We are now allowing two designated visitors per patient to visit flexibly between 2pm and 4pm every day. This will continue to be reviewed in light of any national guidance.
 
The visitors will be required to wear PPE (a surgical mask) throughout their visit.
 
Visitors will be required to sign in at reception as normal. The receptionist will ring through to IPU and a nurse will go and meet and greet the visitor and will ask health questions to ensure that visitors have not got a cough, fever or anosmia (a loss of smell and/or taste). This is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff that any suspicion of Covid-19 is recognised.
 
The nurse will ensure that the visitor wears a face mask and they will be escorted into the IPU and directly into the patient’s room. Visitors will be requested to use the hand gel before and after leaving the room and will be asked to remain in the room at all times during the visit.
 
It is important that social distancing is still observed within the patient’s room.
 
If a member of staff needs to enter the room and provide care to the patient, visitors must be aware that due to social distancing that they may be asked to step out of the room in order for our staff to provide the required care.
 
At the end of the visiting, visitors will make their way to reception to sign out and to also dispose of the mask in the allocated yellow bin.
 
Visiting for Patients at the End of Life remains unchanged and remains at the discretion of the Senior Nurse in the in-patient unit.

Our team always go that extra mile to ensure patients are as comfortable as possible.

Patients are admitted to the Hospice for symptom control or end of life care, and are referred to us by a health professional. This may be a hospital doctor or nurse, or a member of a community team such as a district nurse, GP or Macmillan Nurse.
 

 
 

Our facilities


Accommodation within the Inpatient Unit comprises six single ensuite rooms along with two two-bedded rooms, which also have ensuite facilities. Privacy and dignity in the two-bedded rooms are maintained by a permanent partition wall and curtains when required.

All rooms have electric profiling beds and pressure relieving mattresses. There is a nurse call system in place in each room and all beds have access to a television and radio/CD player.

There is a family kitchen for visitors to make drinks and two self-contained suites for families of very ill patients and who wish to stay with their loved one. These rooms are allocated by the nurse in charge.

All our services are on one level so that patients can enjoy step free access to all areas of the Hospice and also the gardens when the weather permits.

Our Holistic Care

Our objective is to enhance the quality of life for every individual, enabling each person to be supported throughout all stages of their illness. A patient’s needs are continually assessed by the Hospice Team to ensure the best individual holistic care is provided.

We work closely with our Wellbeing Clinic to provide access to physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapy, lymphoedema and breathlessness services and psychology.

Good palliative care involves the patient’s family and other carers, and they can be closely involved in the delivery of care within the Hospice. We are happy to support this and offer assistance as necessary. We also provide support for carers, family members and close friends, both during a person's illness and during bereavement.

 

Pastoral and spiritual care

The Chaplains’ Team offer a service which is respectful of the variety of human beliefs, which means that we can support people of all faiths and philosophies.
We are committed to making sure that all people from all faith traditions will feel at home in our care. The Hospice’s team of chaplains are fully involved in the care of patients on our Inpatient Unit, and with those who attend our Wellbeing Centre and clinics.
 

Catering

Our Catering Team provides a quality service for inpatients, day care patients, visitors, volunteers and staff.
The menus offer a variety of well-cooked and appetising foods. A member of the catering staff speaks with the patient daily about meal choices and will endeavour to meet any dietary needs and specific likes and dislikes.
Our catering department has consistently been awarded a 5 star food hygiene certificate.
 

Mealtimes for patients

Breakfast: 7.30 am onwards
Lunch: 12pm to 1pm
Tea: 5pm to 6pm
Supper is available upon request
 

Visiting the Inpatient Unit

Visiting time is between 2pm and 8pm. Special arrangements can be made for visiting outside of these hours. 
If you are suffering from, or have been in contact with anyone with a stomach upset, or are symptomatic of a cough or cold, please telephone the Inpatient Unit to discuss this with the nursing staff before visiting.


Contact us

This area of the website aims to give a general introduction to all our patient services, as well as answering some of the questions you may have about Lindsey Lodge Hospice. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to call us on 01724 270835 or email enquiries.llh@nhs.net 



Your can download our Inpatient Unit leaflet for patients, families and carers here