Care

The word ‘hospice’ can make some people feel anxious.
Many people think of a hospice as just a place to die.

However, a lot of the care that we provide focuses on positive outcomes: from providing patients with relief from symptoms, pain and stress associated with serious illness, to improving the quality of life for the patient and their families and carers.

Whilst we do provide care for hundreds of people at Rowans Hospice each year, many people that we care for never actually come in to the hospice building, and are cared for in their own home or in the community. Many people even receive care at the Hospice and are then well enough to go home.

For the period July 2019 – early 2021, the In-Patient Unit will be undergoing a period of refurbishment works. Although there may be some noise, we are working to ensure that a peaceful and tranquil environment is maintained as far as possible.

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Some examples of the care that we provide

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Wherever possible, we believe in giving people a choice in their care and one of those choices is where they would like to be cared for. Even though most people feel very much at home in the Hospice, some people would prefer to be cared for in their own homes.

This service offers end of life care in the home. Patients get to remain in familiar surroundings supported by loved ones and the team.

Our Hospice At Home team work with the community services to provide similar care to that which is available in the Hospice and can support with symptom control, management of distress, spiritual, psychological and End of Life care. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Referrals to the service can be made by any Health/Social Care professional following consent of the patient and family.

Rowans Living Well Centre is a drop-in support centre next door to the main Hospice building.  The Living WVernon Nash Rowans Web 01 053ell Centre is for people living in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire who are living with a life-limiting and progressive illness and their families. You do not need to be referred to us to make use of the services at the Living Well Centre. Drop in at any time during opening hours to find out how we can support you.

Our Living Well Centre also offers support for carers. You may not actually think of yourself as a carer but if you are a relative or friend looking after someone with a life-limiting illness, then we think of you as a carer.

To find out more about the Living Well Centre, click the button below.

Living Well Centre

Rowans Hospice works with the local NHS Trusts to provide care at home, in hospitals and in nursing homes. When specialist end of life care is needed, we will work with your GP or District Nurses to provided support and clinical expertise.

The Community NHS Specialist Palliative Care teams include doctors, clinical nurse specialists (CNS), clinical psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists with wide-ranging experties to help with the medical, practical and psychological effects of living with a life-limiting illness.

Your first contact with Rowans Hospice is often through a visit from one of the Specialist Palliative Care team. As well as providing expert care in your home or residential home, the team offer practical and emotional support to the whole family.

Rowans Hospice works closely with Portsmouth Hospital Trust and aims to ensure patients move between hospital and Hospice as smoothly as possible.​

Vernon Nash Rowans Web 02 016The In-Patient Unit provides compassionate, expert care, delivered by specialist palliative care doctors and nurses in a relaxed and homely setting for people living with a life-limiting illness.

We treat each person as a unique individual and provide all aspects of care, including physical, psychological, spiritual and social. This also extends to friends and family members who may need support.

Upon arrival, a patient is assessed by a doctor and a nurse to identify their care needs. The patient will then receive care from the same team of nurses throughout their stay to ensure continuity of care and enable the patient and their family to become familiar with them.

Many people incorrectly view the In-Patient Unit as somewhere that people just go to die. While some of our patients do spend their final days on the Unit, we also offer pain relief and symptom management to help them learn how to live with their illness and to improve their quality of life. Patients may also stay with us for rehabilitation or acute carer relief.

At Rowans Hospice, patients can rest in a comfortable setting with the security of having specialists caring for them. Each patient has a room to themselves with en-suite facilities. Tranquil gardens and courtyards surround the building while seating areas and the cafe provide places where people can meet others and enjoy time in an informal setting.

A referral to the In-Patient Unit must be made by a Healthcare Professional. This could be your GP, consultant, District Nurse or any other professional involved in your care. For Healthcare Professionals seeking further information and guidance on making referrals, you can find our guidelines and procedures in the Professionals section of the website.

Paul Beadon, Shelagh Hemming 0793, 0798Living with a life-limiting illness, or coping with grief after a loss, can be overwhelming.

Professional psychological support is available to all patients and families who need it. Bereavement support is offered to those who have had somebody close to them die under the care of Rowans Hospice.

Our team of Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and Counsellors based at the Hospice, are compassionate professionals trained to support people in these difficult circumstances.

Our Meerkats Service provides special support to children and young people when they are bereaved or when they have a family member receiving care through the Hospice.

Psychological and bereavement support is also available through our Living Well Centre.

Some examples of the care that we provide

Living Well Centre

Rowans Living Well Centre is a drop-in support centre next door to the main Hospice building.  The Living Well Centre is for people living in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire who are living with a life-limiting and progressive illness and their families. You do not need to be referred to us to make use of the services at the Living Well Centre. Drop in at any time during opening hours to find out how we can support you.

Our Living Well Centre also offers support for carers. You may not actually think of yourself as a carer but if you are a relative or friend looking after someone with a life-limiting illness, then you are a carer.

To find out more about the Living Well Centre, click the button below.

Living Well Centre

Community and Hospital Care

Rowans Hospice works with the local NHS Trusts to provide care at home, in hospitals and in nursing homes. When specialist end of life care is needed, we will work with your GP or District Nurses to provided support and clinical expertise.

The Community NHS Specialist Palliative Care teams include doctors, clinical nurse specialists (CNS), clinical psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists with wide-ranging experties to help with the medical, practical and psychological effects of living with a life-limiting illness.

Your first contact with Rowans Hospice is often through a visit from one of the Specialist Palliative Care team. As well as providing expert care in your home or residential home, the team offer practical and emotional support to the whole family.

Rowans Hospice works closely with Portsmouth Hospital Trust and aims to ensure patients move between hospital and Hospice as smoothly as possible.

Specialist In-Patient Unit

The In-Patient Ward provides compassionate, expert care in a relaxed and homely setting for people living with a life-limiting illness.

We treat each person as a unique individual and provide all aspects of care, including physical, psychological, spiritual and social. This also extends to friends and family members who may need support.

Many people incorrectly view the In-Patient unit as somewhere that people just go to die. While some of our patients do spend their final days on the ward, we also offer pain relief and symptom management to help them learn how to live with their illness and to improve their quality of life.

At our Hospice, patients can rest in a comfortable setting with the security of having specialists caring for them. Each patient has a room to themselves with en-suite facilities. Tranquil gardens and courtyards surround the building and seating areas and the cafe provide places where people can meet others and enjoy time in an informal setting.

A referral to the In-Patient unit must be made by a Healthcare Professional. This could be your GP, consultant, District Nurse or any other professional involved in your care. For Healthcare Professionals seeking further information and guidance on making referrals, you can find our guidelines and procedures here. Link

Hospice At Home

Wherever possible, we believe in giving people a choice in their care and one of those choices is where they would like to be cared for. Even though most people feel very much at home in the Hospice, some people would prefer to be cared for in their own homes.

Our Hospice at Home service offers end of life care in the home. Patients get to remain in familiar surroundings supported by loved ones and the team.

Our Hospice At Home team work with the community services to provide similar care to that which is available in the Hospice and can support with symptom control, management of distress, spiritual, psychological and End of Life care. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Referrals to the service can be made by any Health/Social Care professional following consent of the patient and family.

Psychology and Bereavement

Living with a life-limiting illness, or coping with grief after a loss, can be overwhelming.

Professional psychological support is available to all patients and families who need it. Bereavement support is offered to those who have had somebody close to them die under the care of Rowans Hospice.

Our team of Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and Counsellors based at the Hospice, are compassionate professionals trained to support people in these difficult circumstances.

Our Meerkats Service provides special support to children and young people when they are bereaved or when they have a family member receiving care through the Hospice.

Psychological and bereavement support is also available through our Living Well Centre.

Myra and Trevor Abseil 2017

Myra’s Story

“One of the doctors came to speak to us on the first day and after he had finished discussing David and all of his care needs, he asked me how I was as he knew that I had been in hospital. At that point, I really felt that this was a place where people are special, everybody cares and they looked after both of us.”

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IMG 1658Our Social Work team based at the Hospice offer advice, support and resources to help patients manage their care and maintain their independence.  They work closely with other teams in the Hospice and those in the wider community to provide a wide range of practical and emotional support.

Social Workers can also help with :

  • Planning patient discharge from the In-Patient Unit
  • Visits at the Hospice or in the home to discuss care needs
  • Carer support
  • Financial and/or benefits advice
  • Liaising with Local Authority Social Services Department
  • Signposting to other services or agencies.

Vernon Nash Rowans Web 01 042Physiotherapy can help people living with a life-limiting illness to maintain independence when there is a change in their physical condition.

Physiotherapy can help to address:

  • symptoms of pain
  • symptoms of fatigue and breathlessness
  • problems of muscle strength, mobility, balance and co-ordination

Our physiotherapists work with people on the In-Patient Unit as well as those in the Living Well Centre.

IMG 2163Occupational Therapy focuses on a person’s daily activity and how this may be affected when living with a life-limiting condition. A person may experience changes in their mood, sleep, energy, stress levels and their ability to engage in activities of daily living that are important to them. An Occupational Therapist can help to identify and understand everyday changes, offering practical strategies or a new approach to manage this.

Occupational Therapy services can be accessed through the Hospice or in the community through specialist palliative care services.

IMG 0486Complementary therapies are used alongside medical treatments to create a calming and healing environment for patients and families. All our practitioners are professionally qualified and work on a voluntary basis.

Some of the therapies available include massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy, acupuncture and Osteopathy.

Complementary therapies are available through our Living Well Centre.

Spiritual CareCarol

Sometimes questions and doubts arise and it can be helpful to share and explore these with someone.

Our Spiritual Care Chaplain, Carol Gully, and her team of Spiritual Care volunteers are here to listen, to offer support or just be alongside someone as they explore their thoughts and feelings.

To contact Carol email: carol.gully@rowanshospice.co.uk

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