How we can help The Dr Hugh Ford Inpatient Unit In June of this year, our Dr. Hugh Ford Inpatient Unit will open. The aim of this unit is to provide support and care to patients with a wide range of symptoms associated with a life-shortening illness. Our unit has nine individual bedrooms with en-suite shower and toilet facilities. TV and WiFi are available in all rooms. Each room has a patio and garden view. During your stay, you, your family and friends will get to know our team of professionals and volunteers who can assist with a variety of needs from practical and emotional to just a friendly chat. There is no set routine really. We have our own kitchens on site and we prepare your meals to order and can cater for any special dietary requirements. There are no set visiting hours - your family and friends are welcome at any time, and if you wish, we can put spare beds in your room as they can also stay the night with you. Our inpatient team will provide high-quality nursing and medical care supported by psychological and emotional support, complementary therapies, family support, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Our team will provide symptom control, respite care and end of life care. We work with your GP, Community Nurses, Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurses and other professionals to ensure continuity of care. In order to provide the most effective care, information about you is shared between the Hospice team members on 'need to know' basis. All who work at the Hospice, including volunteers, follow a strict code of confidentiality. Information is only shared with other professional involved in your care and your family, friends, and carers with your permission. Referral You can be referred to the hospice by your Doctor or health professional. We aim to visit you at home or in hospital prior to admission to ensure that we can plan your care as well as possible prior to admission. The emphasis is on short-term admissions - the average length of stay is less than two weeks. Wherever possible our aim is to get you back home unless you have expressed the wish for your end of life care to be at the hospice. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation At the Hospice, there is no "cardiac arrest team", as it is unusual for a patient receiving hospice care to have a cardiac arrest where it is appropriate to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This is because, in the unlikely event that a patient was to have a cardiac arrest, they would usually already have significant underlying health problems, making a successful outcome from CPR very unlikely. As always, all care provided by the hospice is free of any charge to the patient, their family, and friends thanks to part funding by the NHS but mainly by the generosity of the local community.