Frequently asked questions about the hospice and its services.
What is a hospice?
A hospice is a place which supports people who have complex issues in coping with a life limiting or life threatening illness. Most people have the idea that the main purpose of a hospice is to look after people right at the end of their life – what professionals call ‘terminal care’. But a hospice does much more than that.Helping and treating people with symptoms such as pain, encouraging people to be active and get as much as they can from life, giving time for people to talk about problems that concern them – these are just some of the other things that hospices do.
How does Lewis-Manning fit in with the NHS?
Lewis-Manning is a voluntary hospice and has been supporting local people since 1992. Some money comes from the NHS, but the majority of our costs are met from fundraising. A doctor leads our team of nurses. We are registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission. We work closely with each patient’s GP and all the other doctors, nurses and professionals involved in his or her care. Specialist medical consultants oversee our work.
What services does Lewis-Manning Hospice provide?
We offer four main services:
How much would it cost for you to attend?
Nothing. Lewis-Manning Hospice does not charge for any of the services offered.
Where is Lewis-Manning Hospice?
We are based at 1 Crichel Mount Road, Lilliput, Poole, Dorset BH14 8LT
How can I get there?
If you can arrange to make the journey to and from Lewis-Manning then we encourage you to do so. However, if that is not possible we can provide volunteer transport in most circumstances. If you are particularly disabled and wish to attend the day hospice, we can usually arrange for ambulance transport to bring you here and home.
When is the day hospice open?
The End of Life Care service at the hospice is open 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. The Day Hospice is open for patients between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Administration staff are present from 9am to 5pm.
Who would benefit from attending?
You would need to be aged 18 or over and living with a life limiting or life threatening illness. Receiving the news that an illness threatens life changes how you feel about everything. Loved ones also change their outlook on life. If you are in this situation and finding it particularly hard then we can help support you. You would, however, need to be fit enough to travel to Lewis-Manning and be able to give consent to the services we offer.