Inpatient care

Wigan & Leigh Hospice provides specialist end-of-life care, and a wide range of support services for more than 1,000 people with a life-limiting illness each and every year.

Patients are admitted to Wigan & Leigh Hospice following a referral from a GP, hospital or specialist community nurse - we don't accept patients directly.

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Inpatient care

Patients are generally admitted to the hospice for one or more of the following reasons:

  • symptom control - where they've been unable to have their symptoms managed by other means.
  • transitional care - perhaps when moving from hospital back to home or from hospital to a nursing home.
  • End-of-life care

Because we have limited facilities and our focus of care is the patient with specialist needs, we are unable to provide respite care.

The admission process

All admission requests come via a GP, hospital consultant or hospital or community specialist nurse. Our 14 beds are almost always full, so we operate a proactively managed waiting list, which is reviewed daily. Decisions about admissions are made on the basis of individual need. As you can imagine, our services are very much in demand and we strive to prioritise those with the greatest need.

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The duration of care

The length of admission will depend on the needs of the individual patient.  We are unable to offer long-term care on the Inpatient Unit and patients will be discharged if their needs can be met in another setting.

However, that's not the end of our care - our team of specialist nurses will continue to provide support to the patient, either at home or in a nursing home. In addition, patients can access other hospice services when required, such as counselling or complementary therapy services. In this way, when people leave, our care follows them - a great deal of our care is provided outside of the hospice building itself.

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