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A large pond with reeds and a water feature in front of the hospice building

The hospice

Set in beautiful grounds in Highwoods, Colchester, the hospice provides homely, comfortable accommodation in a mix of four-bedded bays and single rooms with en-suite facilities. We have limited facilities for families to stay although we make every effort to accommodate visitors comfortably. Meals are prepared on site, fresh every day and we aim to cater for all dietary requirements.

The hospice provides 24 hour specialist care from an experienced team of qualified staff and volunteers for local people who have complex needs that cannot be managed at home.

We aim to provide individual care and support within our 18 bed inpatient unit. Symptom management may vary depending on the illness and circumstances of every individual. Consultant-led medical and nursing team reviews are maintained during stays at the hospice.

Admissions to the hospice are usually for a short period of time, we aim for 7-10 day stays. During this time we work collaboratively with patients and their loved ones to address a specific problem. Problems may be physical in nature, such as pain or nausea, or people may need complex emotional or spiritual support.

Our physiotherapist, occupational therapist and clinical support workers work with patients to help them achieve their goals, supporting them with exercises and fatigue management, or planning for home adjustments and equipment needs that may be required.

Counsellors, family support, a social worker and chaplains are also available to provide additional emotional, practical and spiritual advice and support for patients and their families

Our aim is to support people to return home as soon as possible with support from our Hospice in the Home service and other health and social care services. The care coordinators will involve patients and their next of kin to apply for suitable care packages if required, or in some cases nursing home placements.

Where appropriate and possible we also provide expert end of life care for those in the last days or weeks of their life. We support the individual, their families, friends and carers through all the smiles and all the tears because we believe in making every memory matter.

The equivalent of 7 out of 10 of the patients and families we care for are funded by people like you giving donations, buying in our shops, playing our lottery and leaving gifts in Wills.

405 admissions to the hospice in the last year



42.50% of our patients have a non-cancer diagnosis


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