Specialist care for adults in Dorset with a life limiting illness

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We've put together some commonly asked questions to give you more information about Weldmar and the services we offer.

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Care at our Inpatient Unit

Sometimes, managing symptoms requires more sustained specialist input, and our Inpatient Unit in Dorchester is where we have beds where people can stay overnight.

Our team of doctors, nurses and therapists are on hand 24 hours a day to provide bespoke and tailored care, to ensure patients are comfortable and are treated with the dignity they deserve.

The Inpatient Unit is situated in beautiful surroundings in Dorchester.

We have a mix of two bedded bays and single rooms as well as a family room and overnight relatives’ room where loved ones can stay overnight should they wish. There is also a kitchen, lounge and Orangery Restaurant which provides delicious meals and snacks throughout the day.

Patients and visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful views and grounds, with our gardens and meadow to the rear of the hospice building.  There is plenty of outside seating, and beds can also be moved outside in good weather.

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"I feel like I must be the only person here sometimes, it is so peaceful. I ring my bell and the nurses are straight in, often they have the time to stay and talk to me, especially when I am in pain. They are all so comforting, I feel like I'm surrounded by the most lovely friends"

Your care is in the very best hands

We are proud to have a long standing team of specialty doctors, who are based at our Inpatient Unit, but will also visit patients at home if a patient has very complex needs.  Our amazing team of nurses, and health care assistants, are there around the clock to provide care and support to patients and their visitors, ensuring that patients are as comfortable as they can be, providing care that is as individual as you are.

We also have physiotherapists and occupational therapists based at the hospice, as well as being able to provide complementary therapies.

As well as clinical care, our Inpatient Unit is looked after by an expert team of on-site maintenance engineers, and our housekeeping staff provide the highest possible standards of cleanliness.

 

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Food and nutrition

Our dedicated catering team has a flexible approach to meals, taking into account special dietary requirements, likes and dislikes.

On arrival, patients receive a visit from the Specialist Chef, who will work with them to develop a plan tailored to the patients individual requirements. The team are happy to meet with patients as often as needed. There are rounds each day to review the daily menu options and plan suitable, well balanced meals for the day.

We have facilities for family and friends to prepare hot and cold drinks, and a fridge with a variety of snacks to purchase from reception. Food can be brought into the hospice and stored in the fridge in the Visitors Kitchen.

What our patients and their loved ones say:

Here are some stories from patients and their family members, about the difference the team at the Inpatient Unit has made.

Common Questions

How long will I stay at the Inpatient Unit?

This can vary, patients may be admitted for specialist symptom management, or for end of life care.

The average length of stay for patients admitted for symptom control is two weeks, however this is determined by individual need.

The Inpatient Unit does not offer long term care.

If it is not possible for you to be looked after at home and you do not need to be in our specialist unit, we may need to discuss discharge to alternative care setting such as a nursing home.

Any plans for discharge will be discussed in collaboration with you and those important to you.

What shall I bring with me for my stay at the Inpatient Unit?

Please bring with you any current medication that you are taking.

You will also need to bring any mobility aids, phone and charger, day clothes, nightwear and toiletries.

Please feel free to bring any special personal items such as family photographs. Personal property remains your responsibility during your stay.

All bedding and towels are provided.

What is the visitor policy at your Inpatient Unit?

All restrictions related to Covid-19 have been lifted, however we continue to monitor the situation. Please contact the Inpatient Unit on 01305 215300 if you would like further information.

We welcome visitors, including children to the IPU and we do not have set visiting hours.

In the interest of safety, the main doors are locked out of hours. To gain access, we ask that you press the side door buzzer if visitor out of hours.

Visitors who have recently been unwell, particularly with coughs, colds, sickness and diarrhoea, are requested not to visit until symptom-free for 48 hours.

Free parking is available – please see reception for a parking permit.

Can my pet visit the Inpatient Unit?

We know how important pets are and they are very welcome to visit you on the IPU – please discuss with the nursing team.

Is internet access available at the Inpatient Unit?

Wi-fi access is available free of charge for all patients and visitors. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.

Can I smoke at the Inpatient Unit?

Weldmar has a no smoking policy including e-cigarettes and vaping.

Staff and visitors are advised that smoking is not permitted in any of the charity’s premises and grounds.

A designated smoking area is available at the Inpatient Unit site for patients only, who are able to use it safely and independently.

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“They turned me from her carer back into a granddaughter for the last couple of weeks and I will forever be extremely grateful. The staff were outstanding. They went well beyond what they were expected to do.”

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