Inpatient services

We have inpatient wards at our hospices in Shrewsbury and Telford which provide specialist care around the clock.

Referral criteria

Patients who have an incurable, life limiting advanced and progressive disease where the focus of care has changed from curative to palliative living in the catchment area can be referred for hospice inpatient care. In certain circumstances, referrals for admission from outside the catchment area may also be considered.

All patients need to be discussed with a Palliative Medicine consultant or their deputy and admissions will be triaged according to the need of the patient.

Reason for referral

The inpatient units aim to offer short term admission (usually up to 12 days) to support patients with acute and or complex specialist palliative care needs such as:

  • The control of pain or other symptoms
  • Care in the last few days of life
  • Psychological or spiritual support
  • When there is a rapid deterioration of condition
  • When a short term admission will ensure longer term support of the patient at home

Patients can be referred for inpatient care with their consent by the following:

  • GP
  • Hospital Consultant

And by the following with either the GP or Consultant agreement:

  • Severn Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Hospital Palliative Care Nurse Specialists
  • Day Hospice Manager
  • Hospice at Home

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