Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice has an 18-bed In-Patient Unit (IPU) comprised of two 4-bed bays and ten single rooms. Patients may be admitted for:
Inpatient General Admissions
Referrals to the In-Patient Unit may be on patients known to Phyllis Tuckwell or new referrals. If the referral is new, the SWSH specialist palliative care referral form should be completed.
For patients known to Phyllis Tuckwell an internal form with request details should be completed by the clinical team member making or receiving the request. If the request is urgent the referrer should phone and ask to speak to the nurse or doctor on duty for admissions.
Post-event e.g. following radiotherapy for Spinal Cord Compression, RIG insetion
Interventions e.g. blood transfusions, bisphosphonates, straightforward paracentesis
May be defined as an emergency admission when a carer can no longer maintain their carer role, and can only be offered as a short term solution.
Respite Care / Planned (elective) respite
May be defined as a planned admission to the In-Patient Unit for a defined period in response to patient and/or carer need. One IPU bed is ‘allocated’ as a respite bed, with some flexibility allowing for clinical and social need.
Respite may be offered to patients who fulfil ALL of the following criteria:
If the patient is not already under Phyllis Tuckwell a SWSH specialist palliative care referral form will need to be completed. PTHC and Midhurst services use an internal referral form to refer for a respite admission.