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Staying As An Inpatient

Inpatient Unit

Our aim is to enhance the quality of life for every individual. Your needs, your comfort, support and wellbeing are continually reassessed to ensure that your care is the absolute best it can be.

Willowbrook Hospice is a Specialist Palliative Care Unit. We offer short term care, usually a couple of weeks,  for patients with complex needs and referrals are accepted  on this basis. Patients admitted to our specialist ward will have the benefit of care from a highly skilled team, including complex discharge planning support. We are unable to offer long term nursing care or care at end of life where the person does not have complex needs.


Key members of the team

Our in-patient team is headed up be Dr Paula Powell, Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine. She is supported by Willowbrook’s experienced medical and nursing staff, our specialist pharmacy, therapy and clinical support staff.

Willowbrook’s clinical team is headed up by Lynda Finney, Clinical Director and Registered Manager for the Care Quality Commission. Linda is also the Accountable Officer for Controlled Drugs Management. 

Margaret McConaghy is our Inpatient Services Manager and also the Lead Nurse for Infection Prevention Control. She provides guidance to all our medical, nursing and non clinical teams. 

Mary Parry, our Palliative Care Social Worker is also our Safeguarding Lead and is able to support all our patients and families.

Neil Sutcliffe, Senior Staff Nurse is our lead nurse for Dementia Care.

Referral Procedure

You can be referred to our Inpatient Unit by any of the Health Care professionals caring for you. Please just contact your district nurse or GP if you feel we can be of help.

Admissions Information

Willowbrook Hospice offers facilities for people in need of specialist palliative care. You can be admitted based on your clinical needs.

Discharge information

Over 50% of our in patients are discharged from the inpatient unit back to their preferred place of care. Following discharge you can be referred to our Hospice for continuing support, comfort and care. Our hospice staff liaise closely with your GP, Community Nurse Specialists and District Nurses to ensure you and your carers are well supported and assisted at home.

Hospice 3D tour

Willowbrook have created a 3D virtual tour to help patients, families and visitors learn more about the hospice and see what life at Willowbrook is all about.

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus and for the wellbeing of our patients, we kindly ask that all monetary donations are paid direct to our bank account, via online access to Nat West Bank: 

Alternatively, use the DONATE NOW button that appears on each page of our website.

To donate £5, text HELPWILLOWBROOK to 70450.