Inpatient Unit

What is our Inpatient Unit?

You can download our referral form here

The Inpatient Unit at Ashgate Hospicecare provides specialist palliative care to patients who are living with a life-limiting illness. The care is provided within our purpose-built unit comprising 21 beds.

The Inpatient Unit has 24-hour medical cover provided by a team of doctors led by three consultants in palliative medicine. We work in close collaboration with local hospitals to provide appropriate management and treatments.

The nursing staff are led by the ward sisters and ward manager, who are supported by the hospice matron. The majority of the team are registered nurses, supported by a small number of healthcare assistants, all with a specialist interest in caring for patients and their families who have a life-limiting illness. All staff receive specialist palliative care training and education.


All patients must be registered with a GP within the North Derbyshire CCGs (North Derbyshire and Hardwick) and be referred by a Health Care Professional.

How do I access the service?

Referral criteria can be found here

Referrals to the Inpatient Unit will be triaged Monday to Friday. Triage will not take place at weekends.

Referrals to the Inpatient Unit will be triaged when
• The Referral Form has been fully completed and received
• The patient has consented to share records with Ashgate Hospicecare

If your referral is urgent please contact the Inpatient Unit Team directly on 01246 568801.

Referrals once completed can be emailed to:

Ashgate Hospicecare
Ashgate Road
Old Brampton
S42 7JD

Tel: 01246 568801

What happens after a referral is made?

The patient’s referral will be assessed against the Inpatient Unit’s criteria. You, as the referrer, may receive a telephone call from the Inpatient Unit Triage Team to obtain more information if required. Please ensure your contact details are completed to avoid any delays. Incomplete forms will cause a delay in triaging a patient.

If the patient meets our criteria, we will telephone the patient or patient’s next of kin/preferred contact to assess their condition and needs.

The patient may be offered a bed dependent on bed availability. If there are no beds available at the time of triage, then the patient will be added to the waiting list which is updated and discussed daily at our multidisciplinary team meetings.

The Inpatient Unit triage nurse will ring the referrer to review the patient’s situation daily.

If the patient’s condition deteriorates further, please ring 01246 568801 and ask to speak to the nurse in charge of the Inpatient Unit.

Admission to the unit:

Admission is usually arranged through the patient’s GP, hospital specialist nurses, or district nurse. Patients are admitted for a period of assessment and symptom control and are often able to return home to their families after receiving treatment. Patients are also admitted for end of life care.

You can download our referral form here
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