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You are at the heart of everything we do

You are at the heart of everything we do

You are at the heart of everything we do

Although a lot has changed since our humble beginnings in 1984, one thing remains very much the same; our patients and their families are at the heart of everything we do.

We have been providing care and support for local patients and their families for over 30 years.

It was in September 1984 that the first hospice nurse was appointed and began providing care to people across North Devon. Now, over 30 years on, North Devon Hospice is able to provide even more care thanks to the amazing support of the local community. From having just one nurse, we now have a team of specialists who offer a wide range of services.  Every year we care for thousands of local people, the majority of whom are cared for where it means the most, in their own home.

We offer care and support to those people who are affected by a life-limiting illness such as cancer.  We believe in being there for all the family.

Although the majority of our care and support is provided in people's own homes, we offer a range of care and support from our two hospice sites in North Devon.

Deer Park, our main base in Barnstaple, is home to our Bedded Unit which offers round-the-clock care, as well as a host of other services. In addition, it acts as a base for the many support functions of the hospice which are vital to the charity (including the fundraising team, education department, finance operation and more).

The Long House, is our brand new outreach centre in Holsworthy, which provides care and support closer to home for people in this remote corner of North Devon. Previously, people living in the Holsworthy area were faced with a 2-hour round trip to access services at out main hospice site in Barnstaple. Thanks to The Long House, they can now receive a wide range of care and support on their doorstep.

Patients and families are at the heart of everything we do. The quality of their personal and medical experience is of key importance to us. Our mission is to promote the relief of symptoms amongst people with life-limiting illnesses. This includes cancer and other ailments such as Motor Neurone Disease, heart failure, COPD and many more. We do this through:

- Specialist palliative care for patients with an advanced, progressive illness and the adults and children who are close to the patient
- Personal care to patients at the end of life and support to their families at home and in other settings
- Supportive care to patients who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and the adults and children who are close to the patient
- Advice, support and education provision to patients, families, communities, organisations and healthcare professionals who are responding to life-limiting illness, death and loss 


- Being there for all the family
- Recognising and treating each person as an individual
- The caring support that is provided
- The sense of safety that closeness to the hospice brings
- The expertise of our professional staff


As health and social care professionals, we don't work in isolation, we are part of a much bigger team.  For the benefit of every person touched by a life-limiting illness, we believe in making a difference by sharing specialist knowledge and skills and working together with other health and social care professionals to enhance patient care.  Our clinical teams work closely with:

- GP Practices and District Nurses
- Nursing Homes and Residential Homes
- Hospitals and Community Hospitals
- Domiciliary Care Agencies