The initial criteria for admission is for terminal care in situations where care cannot be provided at home and the Hospice is the preferred place of care for the individual.  

  • Referrals are made by telephone to the Hospice on 01485 601700 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm). Please ask for The Dr Hugh Ford Inpatient Unit. 
  • The Consultant Nurse will take the referral information and where appropriate arrange a visit prior to admission. 
  • All patients must have five days of their normal medication plus anticipatory medicines prescribed (including O2 if needed) prior admission, these must accompany the patient to the unit.  
  • Patients must have a valid DNAR order. 
  • Patients must consent to admission to the Hospice. (Families may deputise for this where necessary). 
  • Patients (and families where appropriate) must have an understanding that admission is for terminal care. 
  • For community patients, the GP practice must arrange for an ambulance to admit if appropriate. 
  • For patients transferred from the acute trust, the Hospital takes responsibility for arranging transport. 
  • For people whose situation stabilises or who which to be cared for at home alternative care arrangements will be made through the wider integrated palliative care team. 
  • The patient must be willing to become a temporary resident with Southgate’s Medical Practice.
  • Admission should be arranged preferably before 3pm