Our In-Patient Unit
IPU Update: we are delighted to share that we have 6 of our 8 IPU beds open. For more information on how we are responding to the Covid-19 situation please visit our latest news.
Our 8-bedded In-Patient Unit is situated at the hospice site in Ulverston. It has a calm and homely environment, surrounded by beautiful gardens and open countryside.
Our unit has a team of nurses, doctors and other health & social care professionals who specialise in helping people with difficult symptoms, physical pain and emotional distress. The team provides round-the-clock care, 365 days of the year.
“All our In-Patient Unit services are provided free of charge”
Who is this service for?
Patient’s come into the In Patient Unit for a variety of reasons. You may need help to control symptoms such as pain or breathlessness, emotional and family support or end of life care.
What Facilities are there?
Each of the 8 single rooms in our In-Patient Unit has a wash hand basin and 4 have en-suite facilities. Rooms have access to outside space and there is an attractive garden central courtyard. Our unit has a relaxed atmosphere with open visiting times.
You are very welcome to make your room feel as homely as possible – with pictures and photographs etc. You can have fresh flowers and plants in your room. We have televisions in every room.
Our chefs visit each patient daily to ensure meals are suited to your need, including any special dietary requirements. In-between meal times, staff will be very happy to get you a snack if you feel peckish.
Can I Bring in a Pet to Visit?
Pets are very welcome to visit the In-Patient Unit – we have many four legged and feathered friends come to visit their loved ones! If you are not sure about a particular pet, ask a member of staff.
Can I leave the In-Patient Unit?
Patients often go out of the Hospice with those important to them. They can also visit the Orangery Café or stroll around our grounds.
Am I allowed to Smoke?
There is a designated smoking area which is for the use of patients only. You will be supported to access this area if required. We are committed to providing a healthy environment for patients, visitors, volunteers and staff.
Can I access Wi-Fi?
Free wi-fi access is available throughout the Hospice. Please ask a member of staff for log-in details. There are a number of iPads available for patient use during your stay – please ask a member of staff.
What information will the In-Patient Unit capture and how will it be used?
We shall ask you for information about yourself to help us to best plan your care, treatment and support. Everyone working for us (staff and volunteers) has a responsibility to keep information confidential. All information is treated in the strictest confidence, on a need to know basis only, and the greatest care is taken to protect your personal details. We will ask your permission to access your records and to share information with appropriate other health professionals.
Information for Visitors:
Safe Visiting on the In-Patient Unit (IPU)
We have updated our visitors’ guide to the hospice: SMH Covid19 IPU Visiting Policy July 2021
We have commenced Lateral Flow Testing for visitors.
When Can I Visit?
In ‘normal’ circumstances The In-Patient Unit has an open visiting policy. However, at this time we have had to update our visiting policy, please refer to the link above.
Parking is available at the hospice and is free.