Families, Friends & Carers

Our Hospice

It can be very scary having a loved one come into the Hospice. Many people think it is just ‘where you go to die’ but many patients spend time with us at other stages of their illness. We help people with pain management, symptom control and rehabilitation after surgery amongst other things. We are not just here for the end-of-life and with our knowledge and expertise in palliative care, we are often well placed to help people right from diagnosis.

Our Facilities

Dr Kershaw's Hospice has an In-Patient Unit and Well-being Centre. The newly opened state-of-the-art In-Patient Unit can house up to 12 patients at any one time with eight single and two twin en-suite private rooms. To find out more about the In-Patient Unit click here.

The Well-being Centre provides facilities for a maximum of 15 patients each morning and afternoon, Monday to Thursday, and offers a range of activities. The Centre is currently closed due to the pandemic. Our dedicated team are currently carrying out virtual sessions and well-being phone calls to our patients. To find out more about the Well-being Centre click here.

All patient accommodation has been refurbished and fully complies with current legislation.

Bereavement Support

At Dr Kershaw’s our support for families and friends doesn’t end after the death of a loved one in our care, we have a trained Bereavement Support Nurse who works closely to support them, providing a listening ear when they need it the most.

It can help to talk to someone outside of your existing support network, and that is why we are here to help and support.

Covid-19 Hospice Current Precautions

Following guidance from the Chief Nursing Officer, Ruth May and the General Medical Council, the Covid-19 precautions at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice remain as follows for staff, volunteers and visitors:

  • Mask wearing to continue 
  • The current system for lateral flow testing visitors will remain in place
  • Visitors to the IPU has increased with a maximum of 5 for each patient
  • Current restrictions around the general public not visiting the Hospice will remain in place