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The Bedded Unit

Being there with 24 hour care

People are referred to North Devon Hospice's Bedded Unit for different reasons. These may include:

  • Control of symptoms, for example pain or nausea/sickness
  • Rehabilitation following treatment
  • Care in the last days of life

Inpatient care is provided from our purpose built 7 Bedded Unit based on the outskirts of Newport, Barnstaple.  It continues to be an essential resource for the community.

As with all of our clinical teams, the Bedded Unit clinical team work closely with other allied healthcare professionals to ensure consistency and integration of care, for the best possible care for our patients.  The Bedded Unit team, led by the Consultant in Palliative Medicine, includes medical officers, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist and a team of experienced nurses and healthcare assistants.

Integral to all that we do, it is always our intention to respond sensitively to the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of our patients, their families and friends.

 Service description

Short admissions

Short admissions to the Bedded Unit ensure patients receive care, treatment and support when they most need it and when their symptoms may be too complex and difficult to control in other care environments.  Most patients will then choose to resume or start their care with a member of our community nursing team.

Ongoing support and discharge planning

To facilitate discharge from the Bedded Unit, our team help to organise a care package for patients and their families, including carer support to enable patients to return home or to transfer to an alternative care placement.  Contact with our community nursing team is arranged following discharges from the Bedded Unit to ensure a patient's care is continued.

Outpatient Consultation and Outpatient Treatments

Following a referral to North Devon Hospice, patients can receive outpatient consultations and treatments.  Treatments are provided in the comfortable surroundings of the Bedded Unit and can include:

  • Blood transfusions
  • Drug treatments

The Consultant, in agreement with the primary care team, provides domiciliary visits to advice on complex symptom management in the patients home. Many people also visit us for outpatient appointments, and treatments for the management of complex symptoms before returning home.

End-of-life care

For those who stay in the latter stages of their illness, the 24 hour specialist medical care supports each person to the end of their lives.  When patients pass away at the hospice, we hope the warm and peaceful environment has enabled them and their families to say their goodbyes in a way that is meaningful and as positive as possible. 

How to be referred
To be referred to any of our services please ask your GP for a referral.

Service location
The Bedded Unit is based at North Devon Hospice, just on the outskirts of Newport, Barnstaple. The hospice is set in beautiful grounds with stunning scenery of the gardens and the surrounding hills and estuary; all of which can be appreciated from the windows or balconies of all our patient rooms. 

Contact us
For more information about the Bedded Unit please contact us.

North Devon Hospice / 01271 344248

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