Professionals Our care services Inpatient Unit 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.