Our In-Patient Unit

Inpatient Unit staff

Our state-of-the-art new In-Patient Unit (IPU) has recently opened and can accommodate 12 patients. The new facility includes eight single and two twin rooms, all of which have en-suite facilities, a smart TV, recliner chair and storage unit along with double doors looking out and accessible to the garden. The in-patient family lounge features sofas and dining facilities and is available for patients to spend time with their families and friends outside their rooms.

Although, our internal facility is now complete, as with many new build projects we still have some ongoing external works taking place. Once complete at the end of 2021, our patient rooms will have stunning views of the newly landscaped gardens which will provide seating areas and walkways for patients and their families to spend time in.

Please note that due to the ongoing external landscaping, it won’t yet be possible for patients and their families to utilise this outdoor space. Window visits for patients are also currently not possible in order to ensure health and safety on site.

Please bear with us at this time, we look forward to sharing the facility in its entirety with you once the gardens have been completed.

If you have any questions about the above, please contact the Hospice and ask for the Manager of the Day.

Our Medical and Nursing Team

On the In-Patient Unit, our dedicated team provide end-of-life care and can also assist with symptom management. The medical and nursing staff are experienced in palliative medicine and are supported by a range of other hospice professionals, which provides a seamless service for patients across hospital, community and hospice boundaries. Our staff link very closely with specialist nurses in hospitals and the community, allied health professionals, social workers, spiritual leaders and bereavement support workers. This multi-disciplinary approach allows the palliative care team to address the physical, emotional, spiritual and social concerns that arise with advanced illness.

Our Patients

Following admission, patients are assessed and individual care plans are developed through discussion with the patient, their relatives and carers. During the course of the patient's stay at the Hospice this plan of care is regularly assessed and altered in response to the patient’s individual needs.

Patient Discharge

Discharge planning meetings are held for all patients from the Oldham borough prior to their discharge. These meetings are attended by the relevant health care professionals together with the patient and their relatives or carers. This means that an appropriate care package can be put into place prior to the patient's discharge to home or to an alternative place of care. This ensures the discharge is safe and well supported.

Comprehensive channels of communication are in place to ensure a seamless service between hospital, hospice and community.

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 and will be reviewed again on 16 August
  • 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 to be reviewed on 16 August

Updated 20.7.21

How to be Referred?

If you feel that you or a family member is in need of the in-patient service the Hospice provides, you must speak to your or their GP, hospital consultant, community nurse, Macmillan nurse, hospital or community associated health professional, as all referrals must be made through one of these sources.

For general enquires or to arrange a visit to see our facilities please contact our Director of Clinical Services, Adele Doherty, on 0161 624 2727 or complete the form below.


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