The inpatient unit has ten beds for patients with complex specialist needs. The unit first opened in 1985 with six beds but has been at its current capacity of ten beds since 2006. Patients are admitted from both the community and the main hospital, with reasons for admission covering complex symptom control, rehabilitation, multi-disciplinary assessment, complex respite and terminal care. It is a short stay unit and is not able to provide on-going care to patients without complex needs nor is it able to offer non-complex respite care.

The specialist team comprises consultants, ward doctors, nurses led by a ward sister, the therapy team and the family support team, all of whom are supported by a team of volunteers.

The inpatient nursing staff also offer a telephone advice line for health professionals, patients and relatives, with support from the medical staff as needed. Tel: 01722 425 113.

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