Our philosophy of care is underpinned by the World Health Organisation’s statement that palliative care is “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.”
The Rowans Hospice is a specialist palliative care unit providing care for patients and families who have complex needs. Any resident of Portsmouth and South East Hampshire over the age of 16 can be referred to The Rowans Hospice. All care services are free of charge and therefore are carefully planned for and balanced to enable the hospice to live within its means.
To deliver the very best in specialist palliative care to hospice and hospital in-patients, to those living at home, and to those who would benefit from our other services.
To create a therapeutic environment that is calm, relaxing and friendly, and which allows individuals and families comfort, privacy and dignity.
To promote well-being and the highest quality of life for patients and families throughout the illness, dying and into bereavement.
To promote equal opportunity by creating an environment free from discrimination (e.g. against disability, financial status, ethnicity, sexual orientation), and based on individual need.
To help patients make informed choices about their care and the setting in which it is received by offering impartial advice and support.
To complement overall provision of palliative care in the community.
We respect the individuality of each person and offer the freedom to express and practise religious, spiritual, philosophical and cultural beliefs.
We recognise the value of confidentiality within relationships and aim to maintain this in our work with patients and families.
We believe in open and honest communication.
We have a research-based approach to patient care and our staff continually seek to update their skills through supervision, education and training.
We strive for excellence in the delivery of specialist palliative care and share our knowledge and expertise with the local community and other healthcare professionals.
We are committed to further development and improvement of our services.