Specialist In-Patient Unit

19 en-suite rooms on our specialist in-patient unit provide a relaxed, homely setting where you’ll receive expert, compassionate end of life care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our specialist teams help patients to manage the physical and emotional effects of a wide range of life-limiting illnesses and relieve pain and distress. With access to a full range of clinical services, we help many patients regain independence and return home, and help patients receiving end of life care to part with those close to them in a way that is as meaningful and positive as possible.


Patients can be referred by a GP, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), consultant, or by the Rowans Hospice team if they are attending our Day Care service. Referrals are accepted for patients who:

  • have an active, progressive, advanced disease with a probable prognosis of less than 12 months,
  • are over 16 years old, and
  • either have complex care needs which exceed the skills and/or capacity of the current care team, or are in the last days of life.

If you are unsure whether your diagnosis makes you eligible to be an in-patient please speak to your GP, community matron or specialist nurse.

Healthcare professionals seeking further information and guidance for making referrals can find our guidelines and procedures here.

For what reasons are patients referred?

  • Symptom management– to relieve pain, anxiety, sickness, breathing difficulties and so on, through medication assessment, physiotherapy and complementary therapies,
  • Rehabilitation– to maintain independence where possible and adapt to disabilities that cannot be improved through advice, physiotherapy and occupational therapy,
  • Care in Dying– to ensure patients are nursed with comfort, dignity and respect,
  • Urgent carer support– to allow carers to have valuable time to recover their energies, which may be arranged quickly in the event of a sudden deterioration. It relieves a difficult situation at home and provides time, space and expertise to make appropriate care arrangements for the future,
  • Multi Professional Assessment– to provide input from a range of clinical disciplines,
  • Psychological Support- for patients requiring assessment from specialist psychologists.

When you arrive

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

All recent and current medicine should be brought with you, along with any district nursing notes if possible.

Our Facilities

Our rooms overlook our beautiful gardens or tranquil courtyard pond. Close family and friends can stay overnight to be close to their loved one, there are no set visiting times and support and care is on hand 24 hours a day. There are a variety of games and books available for children.

Each room has an en-suite toilet/wet room, a wardrobe, recliner chair, TV, Wi-Fi and notice board for personal photos and cards. We invite patients to bring photographs, ornaments and pot plants to help them feel more comfortable and make their room feel like a home from home.

We have a dedicated team of volunteers who serve meals and refreshments throughout the day and night for patients and their visitors.

Who manages the ward?

The ward is managed by our Ward Manager with the support of two Nursing Sisters who lead the Red and Green nursing teams in planning patient care. Medical care is provided by a team of doctors overseen by four specialist consultants.

For general enquiries email info@rowanshospice.co.uk or

call the Clinical Secretary 023 9224 8014