The Mary Ann Evans Hospice offers a warm and welcoming home from home environment and was established to enhance the quality of life to people who have a secondary life limiting illness, such as Cancer, Heart Failure and Motor Neurone Disease. Care and support is offered to our patients and their families/carers of all cultures and faiths, what ever their needs:- physical, emotional, psychological, social or spiritual. The Day Hospice provides care for up to 15 patients a day Monday to Friday. All care given is free of charge to those attending the Hospice.
The Mary Ann Evans Day Hospice is relaxed and informal, and our team of nurses, healthcare assistants, activities co-ordinator, complementary therapists and cook can assist patients and families with a range of issues.
These could be physical, emotional, social, spiritual or psychological. Patients can talk with staff who will listen to any concerns and anxieties, provide advice and offer the opportunity to meet others with similar experiences/concerns.
Often patients will attend for an agreed programme of care to achieve the aims of their referral and improve their wellbeing.
Our Day Hospice is open for patients:
“Very happy with my care, the care and attention is excellent, a very caring and thoughtful team”
The Mary Ann Evans Day Hospice is available to people who reside in the Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire area and/ or have a Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group GP. Referrals are accepted from any member of the primary health care team, family and carers, providing the patient has given consent. We also accept referrals from patients themselves, however we will discuss the request with a professional, for example a GP. Following referral, telephone contact will usually be made within 48 hours and the patient will be invited to visit the Day Hospice with a view to attending on an agreed programme of care. The patients and their relative/carers are invited and encouraged to attend on the initial visit if they wish, for coffee, to meet the staff and have a look around the Hospice. This will help relatives/ carers learn more about how the Hospice can help and support them as well as the patient.
Patients need to:
- Have a diagnosis of a life limiting illness (priority will be given to patients with a short prognosis)
- Be resident in Nuneaton, Bedworth or Northern Warwickshire
- Have a GP based in Nuneaton, Bedworth or Northern Warwickshire
- Have palliative or end of life care needs i.e. physical, emotional, psychological, social or spiritual which may be helped by attending the Day Hospice
- Require monitoring of symptoms. need specialised nursing/or personal care
- Have relatives/carers that would benefit from respite/support
The care is provided by a team of qualified nurses and healthcare assistants, supported by a team of dedicated volunteers. The service is nurse led and whilst the patients attend the Day Hospice they are still under the care of their own GP. Our Hospice Chaplain is a valued member of the team, offering spiritual, pastoral care, support and friendship to our patients and their families if they wish.
Initially attendance is one day a week and following an ongoing review of personal needs this may be increased to twice weekly. A programme of care is usually for a period of up to 16 weeks at a time. Patients arrive approximately 10:00 am and leave the Hospice at approximately 3:30-3:45 pm. Tea, coffee, lunch and afternoon cakes are provided and special diets are catered for. The patients own GP and referring professional is informed by letter of their attendance to the Day Hospice.
Transport can be provided by one of our team of volunteer drivers if necessary. However, any help with transport arrangements from family/friends is appreciated. In certain circumstances we do need to use the ambulance service. Transport will be discussed with patients and family/carers.
If a patient requires any medication during their time at the Hospice they will need to bring this in with them. The medication will need to be in the original bottle/packet clearly marked with name of medication, dosage and times a day. Any dressings will need to be brought in along with the patient’s care plan. On occasions, we may need written instructions from GP’s about medications. If this is necessary, our team here will arrange this.
These are patient led and our activity organiser will enable our patients to rekindle or develop their creative skills.