We’ve listed some of our most frequently asked questions below, and we hope you’ll find the answer you’re looking for here. If not, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

We operate a visiting period of 9.30am - pm or by arrangement and agreement with the nursing staff.


Do you just care for patients with cancer?

The majority of our patients have progressive cancer, however, we care for anyone who has a life limiting illness and who requires the support of our specialist team. For example people who have Motor Neurone Disease, end stage respiratory, cardiac or renal failure or HIV/AIDS

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is the active holistic care of patients who have advanced progressive illness. The overarching principle of palliative care is to achieve the best quality of life for patients and their families.

Palliative care aims to;
  • Provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Acknowledges that the physiological, social and spiritual aspects of care are equally important as the physical well being
  • Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death, whilst supporting families to cope throughout the patients period of illness and then into their own period of bereavement

Palliative care is available from all Doctors, nurses, and staff who provide day to day care for patients and their families, for example, GP’s and district nurses. The Hospice staff are specialists in palliative care, for example, Consultant Doctors in Palliative Medicine and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care. Some patients who have:

  • Complex pain and symptom management problems
  • Psychosocial issues
  • Difficult to manage end of life problems
  • Complex bereavement needs

will benefit from a referral to a Specialist Palliative Care Unit such as Wakefield Hospice.

Do you just care for elderly patients?

No, Wakefield Hospice cares for adults of all ages. We often care for young patients who have children.

Is a Hospice just somewhere that people go to die?

Not at all. It is true that many of our patients are in the final stages of their illness, whilst others are admitted to the in-patient unit to have their symptoms controlled or for support with their problems. The average length of an admission for a patient on the ward is 12 days. Approximately half of our patients are discharged home or to a nursing home at the end of their stay with us. Some patients have several admissions and discharges during the course of their illness.

Inevitably and sadly some patients will die at the Hospice. The Hospice aims to provide a peaceful and caring environment for patients and their families in the final days of illness, with specialist trained staff supporting the ethos of a dignified and pain free death.

Does the Hospice provide long term care or respite care?

The Hospice is registered with the Quality Care Commission as a small hospital and not as a nursing home. We are therefore not registered as such to provide long term care for people. The average length of an in-patient stay is 12 days, however, a small minority of patients by the nature of their symptoms or particular problem may have a longer period of admission. Unfortunately, the Hospice does not have the availability of beds to offer planned periods of respite care. In some circumstances crisis respite care may be available.

What is the cost of an admission to the Hospice?

The Hospice is a registered charity and our services are completely free to patients who need palliative care. This is made possible by the generosity of everyone who supports the Hospice, from individuals to local companies and community groups. 

How are patients referred to the Hospice?

Patients must be referred to the in-patient unit by either a hospital consultant or family doctor or by a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care (Macmillan Nurse)

Patients and Carers who attend the Day Therapy Drop In Services may self refer themselves. See our page on Drop In Services for the relevant information.

Criteria for Admission for In-Patient Care
Patients may be admitted to the Hospice if they require: -
1. Symptom control that cannot be achieved at home or in hospital.
2. Patients will be admitted in the later stages of their illness for terminal care.
3. Crisis respite care may be available at short notice, when the home/social situation has become untenable.

*Please note: In the absence of an un met specialist palliative care need, patients choosing the hospice for their preferred place of death in isolation would not meet the criteria required for a hospice admission.

Why support Wakefield Hospice?

It costs in the region of £4 million to deliver our services to patients and their families each year. We receive only 25% of our funding from statutory sources – the rest comes from fundraising. For this reason we are deeply grateful for any donation towards the cost of care, or for your support of our fundraising initiatives. There are many ways you can support our work, from taking part in an event or making a regular monthly donation, to including a small gift in your Will. Your continued help will ensure that the Hospice is here to care for others in the future. 

Wakefield Hospice is a Registered Charity No. 518392

If you would like to discuss our criteria for admission please contact Tina Turner or Alison Harwood on 01924 331400 or email tina.turner@wakefieldhospice.co.uk  or alison.harwood@wakefieldhospice.co.uk