Palliative Care in Sussex

Palliative Care in Sussex

If your elderly relative suffers from a life limiting, or long term illness, they will be eligible for palliative care, which is also known as end of life care. Palliative care workers aim towards providing care that encompasses their patient’s medical, pain management, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as helping to signpost towards other support opportunities.

Healthcare professionals, such as your relative’s GP, will usually direct you towards these services, as well as helping you to decide whether your relative would be better receiving their palliative care in a hospice, a hospital, or at home.

On this page, you will find a guide to the palliative care services available in Sussex. Age Space also has a page dedicated to more general End of Life Planning & Care that you can take a look at.

NHS Palliative Care in Sussex

NHS Foundation Trust Sussex has a specialist palliative care team that aims to prevent and relieve suffering by early identification and treatment of pain and other problems using a holistic approach. Their services include physical, psychological, social and spiritual support to patients and their families.

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Any patient with end of life care needs within the hospital can be referred by the medical and nursing team looking after them. A patient or carer can also make a direct referral if necessary.

Support from the team will often include:

  • pain and symptom management
  • support with discharge planning
  • psychological and emotional support
  • education of staff

You will be able to find complete details on the NHS’ Palliative Care services in Sussex by visiting the website or getting in touch with them. Please find contact details for each hospital offering palliative care in Sussex below:

St. Richard's Hospital, Chichester
  • Telephone: 01243 831789
Worthing Hospital
  • Telephone: 01903 205111
Royal Sussex County and Princess Royal Hospital, Brighton
  • Telephone: 01273 523021

Advance Directives

An Advance Directive (or Advance Statement) is a written statement that lays out someone’s preferences and wishes about their future care. It can act as a guide to whomever might have to make decisions on their behalf if they become unable to communicate their wishes. It should not be confused with an Advance Decision – a legally binding document containing a list of treatments that someone wishes to refuse.

While an advance directive is not legally binding, it is usually taken into account when making decisions on someone’s treatment for them.

Hospices in East Sussex

Martlets Hospice, Brighton & Hove

Martlets Hospice is a registered charity that provides essential care to people affected by terminal illness in Brighton & Hove and the surrounding areas. Their expert teams provide the very best care and support, helping patients and their loved ones to live life to the full during the precious time they have together.

They have an inpatient ward to help them care for patients and their families.

Hospices for elderly people in Sussex

The ward, comprising of two wings, has 14 bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom and access to outside spaces. The rooms are designed to be calming and comfortable.

For full information on the services available at Martlets Hospice, you can visit their website or get in touch using the details provided below.

  • Address: Martlets Hospice, Wayfield Avenue, Hove, BN3 7LW
  • Telephone: 01273 273400
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St. Peter & St. James Hospice, Lewes

St. Peter & St. James Hospice provides expert care to adults living with a life-limiting illness in the local community, as well as offering support to their friends and families. Their community includes Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Lewes, Uckfield and everywhere in between.

The hospice can provide specialist care, 24 hours per day from their Inpatient Unit which has lovely views of the beautiful grounds overlooking the Sussex countryside. Typically, people stay with them for a week or two in order to help reduce the effects of difficult symptoms such as pain or breathlessness.

Additionally, they offer a range of activities, talking therapies and other practical support from their Living Well Centre. These can be great for identifying the key issues that your relative is facing and deciding what support will be most beneficial to them. You can find the Living Well Centre’s full timetable of activities here.

For more information on the services provided by the hospice, you can visit their website or get in touch using the details provided below.

St. Wilfrid's Hospice, Eastbourne

St. Wilfrid’s Hospice supports adults who are living with a life-limiting illness in their catchment area. Their services are available to people at any stage of their condition and not just at the very end of their lives. Your relative will need to be referred by a GP or other healthcare professional to begin receiving support.

The hospice’s Inpatient Unit has short stay, en-suite rooms available. People are admitted to them so that a specialist team of doctors, nurses and therapists can provide a full assessment of their symptoms and concerns. Each of the rooms backs on to a beautiful garden which patients are welcome to enjoy. Family and friends are able to visit at any time and they also offer facilities for carers who may wish to spend longer periods of time with the patient.

They also provide a Care at Home service delivered by their friendly Care Assistants. You will be able to find more information about this and all of their other services by getting in touch using the details provided below.

St. Michael's Hospice, St. Leonards-on-Sea

St. Michael’s Hospice supports the communities of Hastings and Rother at the end of their lives by identifying what matters most to them and their families and what’s making life difficult for them, including worries and concerns. From there, they create a care and support plan that can be adapted when things change.

Their services are provided via in-patient beds and at home, as well as offering Wellbeing support opportunities in out-patient and virtual settings. Expert bereavement support is available for anyone struggling to come to terms with the death of a loved one.

You can find out full information about St. Michael’s Hospice’s services by visiting their website or getting in touch using the contact details provided below.

Hospices in West Sussex

St. Catherine's Hospice, Crawley

St. Catherine’s Hospice is a registered charity that aims to help everyone face death informed, supported and painlessly. Their team of expert hospice workers provide for patients, as well as their friends and families physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Their wards offer 24-hour, high quality care where patients have their own en-suite bedroom. Patients will additionally have access to the separate bathroom which has a jacuzzi bath, as well as the tranquil garden spaces.

Palliative Care Hospices in West Sussex

The Nursing Team will look after your relative day to day and help to manage their illness, whatever they need. This could include someone to talk to, help bathing, a massage or a particular meal. They will also arrange for a doctor to see your relative at least once a week.

St. Catherine’s Hospice can also provide Care at Home if this is more comfortable for your relative. This can mean symptom control, helping with independence or emotional wellbeing support. You can find full information about all of St. Catherine’s Hospice’s services by getting in touch or visiting their website using the details below.

  • Address: Grace Holland Avenue, Pease Pottage, West Sussex, RH11 9SF
  • Telephone: 01293 447333
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St. Barnabus House, Worthing

St. Barnabus House is the hospice for the Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield areas. They aim to help people with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones in the local community to enjoy life as fully as they can.

At the hospice, they provide a range of activities, including relaxation and exercise classes, gardening, art and talking groups to help people live well for longer. There is also the options for those who need to stay at the Worthing based hospice for a few days whilst symptoms are eased to do so. In these cases the hospice can offer physiotherapy, complementary therapy, emotional support and practical support. Those with more complex needs can also receive end of life care at the hospice’s In-Patient Unit.

You can find out full information about the services provided by St. Barnabus House on their website or by getting in touch using the details provided below.

  • Address: St. Barnabas House, Titnore Lane, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 6NZ
  • Telephone: 01903 706300
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St. Wilfrid's Hospice, Chichester

St. Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester is a local charity that offers a wide range of services, providing physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support to ensure they respect and encourage individuality, dignity and self-esteem. They work in close partnership with all health and social care professionals involved in a person’s care, including GPs and community nurses. Care at St. Wilfrid’s can be provided at home, from their Living Well Centre, or in their 24-hour ward, where nursing staff are well trained and experienced to provide the care that is required.

The Living Well Service is run by a multi-professional team to support those with life limiting illnesses through a range of therapeutic activities, group-work, or one to one consultations. The team includes Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, complementary therapists, chaplains, social workers, nurses, doctors as well as a team of volunteers.

For full information on the services provided by St. Wilfrid’s Hospice, you can get in touch or visit their website using the details provided below.

Bereavement Support Services in Sussex

It is important to consider the support you may need in the difficult time after somebody passes away. Sussex has plenty of services and support groups to help you through.

As everybody deals with grief differently, these groups can be structured differently, such as like professional counselling, coffee clubs, or walking groups.

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You can find Age Space’s guide to Bereavement Support Services in Sussex here.