Inpatient service

On admission to our Inpatient Service, many patients say ‘I wish we’d found you earlier

We know that patients can feel scared about their illness, about their future and what a hospice is going to be like. Many think it’s just a place to die. While we do provide end of life care, we also offer so much more than that. Our 15 bed inpatient unit is for patients needing pain and symptom control, emergency respite and end of life care.

We strive to reassure patients: to listen to them, to understand them, to support them and to provide the very best care we can, so that they feel they are in safe, expert hands. Our multi-disciplinary team work together and strive to address not just a patient’s physical needs, but their emotional and spiritual needs too. Our team includes consultants, doctors, nurses, physios, occupational therapists, social workers, spiritual care and complementary therapists.

We also understand the impact an illness has on the whole family and offer support for carers. Patients can be referred to us by their GP, Consultant or Specialist Palliative Care Team.


When my Dad arrived at St Oswald’s, he’d almost given up on life. Within 24 hours, however, something changed, he’d picked up. The care he received was phenomenal, it was so personal and it made him feel comfortable and content. We couldn’t have asked for better care.


Support for relatives, carers and friends

Hospice care extends beyond the treatment of physical symptoms. We also consider the emotional, social and practical needs of seriously ill people and their families and friends.

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Our Adult Inpatient Unit

St Oswald’s Hospice Adult Inpatient Unit offers end of life care and pain and symptom management in a purpose built, caring environment, delivered by our specialist team.We believe in creating special memories and sharing magical moments, and helping families to make the most of the time they have together.

Watch our video which explains more about the service