In-patient Unit


St Leonard’s In-patient Unit provides patients with a peaceful environment to receive personalised nursing care, tailored to your needs. Within this relaxed environment the team ensure you and your family feel safe.
Patients are admitted to the Hospice for symptom control, respite or end of life care, and are 
referred to us by a health professional. This may be a hospital doctor or nurse, or a member of a community team such as a District Nurse, GP or Macmillan Nurse. All of our services are free and offered until discharge or end of life.
Our facilities
The In-patient Unit has twelve single rooms with en-suite facilities and two four-bedded bays with bathrooms. 

Large windows and french doors in each room 
allow patients to enjoy the outside environment. The rooms either have balconies with views of the countryside or patios overlooking the garden courtyard. All exterior areas are accessible for both independently mobile patients and those who require assistance.

Our holistic care

As well as taking care of your physical needs, we also look after your emotional, spiritual and social needs. We offer a wide-range of personalised care which is provided by a versatile team of different professional staff and volunteers, including Social Workers, Spiritual Care Leaders, Lymphoedema Practitioners, Complementary Therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Hospice Biographers. Find our more here.

We also support carers, family members and close friends, both during a person's illness and during bereavement.


A cooked or lighter breakfast is available; lunch will include a starter or soup, followed by a main course and hot pudding or selection of cold desserts. The evening meal is generally lighter with soup or a starter, finished with a hot pudding or sweet. Meal times are flexible according to patient needs
and requirements.

We cater for the individual, so if it’s a patient’s birthday the
team will bake a cake, if it’s an anniversary it may be a
special meal!

Visiting the In-patient Unit 

From Thursday 4th June 2020, the visiting policy for the In-patient Unit has been amended as follows:

As well as allowing visitors for patients in the last days of life, we will now be allowing visits for COVID-negative patients on the In-patient Unit. Each patient can have up to a maximum of two visitors per day for one hour (i.e. either 2 visitors at the same time for one hour, or two separate visitors attending for one hour each). Visitors will need to adhere to certain safety procedures and also wear PPE, which will be provided upon arrival and explained by a member of staff.

Please do not attend the Hospice for a visit if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus or you live with someone who does.

Visiting will also be staggered and visit times will need to be agreed upon in advance. Visitors will need to call St Leonard's Hospice on 01904 708 553 and reception will direct the call to the nurse in charge, who will then allocate an agreed time for the visit. Visiting times are restricted to the hours of 10am to 8pm (unless the patient is in the last days of life).

For patients with known or suspected COVID infections, restrictions to visiting will remain in place with visits only permitted in the last days of life.

Contact us

This area of the website aims to give a general introduction to all our patient services, as well as answering some of the questions you may have about St Leonard’s. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to call us on
01904 708 553 or email

Large Print Leaflet

Please view our large print Hospice leaflet here.