The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House is pleased to announce the opening of its Inpatient Unit, The Dr. Hugh Ford Inpatient Unit.

Lyndsay Carter, the Chief Executive of The Norfolk Hospice, explained:

that this opening represents another milestone achieved for the hospice. This would never have been possible without the hard work over many years from staff, volunteers, patients, patrons and the many hospice supporters.

The Hospice provides many services to patients and their families, and since its move to the new location in Hillington it has been able to offer more and more care.  The Hospice provides Day Therapies, Hospice at Home Services, Bereavement Support and Family Support.  Over the last three months, the number of clients seen through this service has grown exponentially.

The Inpatient Unit will be led by a Consultant Nurse, Sue Barham, who will work in partnership with GP colleagues from Southgates Medical Centre and the Consultant in Palliative Medicine, from Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust.  The ward will care for patients in the last few weeks of life initially and then grow to accept patients with any life-shortening illness who are struggling with symptoms or other issues and need support from an Inpatient Unit. 

The patients and their families will be cared for by a highly trained nursing team, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, social worker and counselling teams.

Referral to the Inpatient Unit will be via health professionals only. This is to ensure that everyone supporting the patient and the family are fully informed of care needs, allowing for the provision of the best support and care possible.

The Inpatient Unit, which has been named after the Hospice founder, Dr Ford, has nine ensuite bedrooms and a large communal area for patients and visitors. Each room has its own private patio area with access to landscaped gardens and quiet pond area. Each bedroom has Wi-Fi and a TV. The rooms have been designed to provide patients with privacy and dignity during their stay. Other features of the new unit include a multi-faith room and a large adapted bathroom.

The Hospice have appointed local catering providers Edwards and Blake who will provide a full catering service to patients, visitors and staff.  The cafe will also be open to the public.   

West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group will contribute funding for the Inpatient Unit and Maggie Carter, Director of Quality Assurance, said 

WNCCG is delighted to support the new Inpatient Unit at The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House as part of our commitment to excellence in palliative and end of life care. The Inpatient Unit provides more choice to patients and will offer the highest standards of care and support to patients and their families.