Overview of referral criteria for in-patient care:
- Management of uncontrolled or complex symptoms, which may include physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs.
- Care of the imminently dying patient.
The hospice inpatient unit is unable to provide services for patients whose:
- Conditions are stable; do not require specialist palliative care input and whose needs are mainly social in nature.
- Current problems which are not related to their life-shortening condition.
- Acutely unwell patients whose needs may be better met in the acute setting e.g. neutropenic sepsis, ongoing high-risk treatment i.e. nasogastric tubes.
The hospice is unable to accept patients for indefinite care and this should be made clear to the patient and family when referral for admission is being discussed.
Most patients will be admitted for a period of assessment; length of stay will be dependent on complexity of need – and, with the exception of patients who are admitted for care in the last days of life – discharge planning commences on admission. Patients suitable for hospice care stay with us on average for up to two weeks.