Our bedded hospice will have several positive outcomes, including:

Providing 1,000 people a year with community-based end of life care

  • We anticipate caring for at least 250 terminally ill patients and their immediate family members every year, with an average patient stay of two weeks.

Improving the well-being of children affected by death

  • We expect that at least 500 children a year will experience the death of a loved one in the bedded hospice. By offering practical and emotional support throughout this time, and during bereavement, we will help them to understand and express their feelings so that healing is possible.

Meeting growing palliative care demands

  • A growing number of deaths are attributed to frailty and there has been an 50% increase in dementia diagnosis. The acute NHS Trust experiences a higher percentage of inpatient deaths than the UK average (54.3% vs 51.6%). Most of these deaths are patients with a non-malignant disease being supported within the acute medical specialities. A large proportion of these deaths could be supported in our In-Patient Unit.

Supporting patient choice

  • People living in our catchment area have the opportunity to fulfill their prospect of dying at home, supported by Treetops Hospice Care, Nottinghamshire Hospice and Marie Curie.
  • An In-Patient Unit at Treetops will give the same prospect for those wishing to die in a community environment, rather than in hospital or nursing home.

Alleviating pressures on the NHS

  • The new In-Patient Unit will contribute to the prevention of avoidable acute admissions and to patient flow within the NHS.

Providing out of hours support

  • Lack of out-of-hours support has also been seen to increase the risk of emergency admission because of carer breakdown. Providing a real alternative for community-based staff at times of crisis has the potential to impact on inappropriate Accident and Emergency attendances. Our In-Patient Unit will provide appropriate palliative care support 24 hours a day for all patients, including at times of crisis.

Providing a portfolio of palliative care

  • Locating our In-Patient Unit at the Treetops Risley campus enables all end of life services to be on one site. This will provide consistency in care and culture from diagnosis to death, and enhance feelings of wellbeing for patients and carers.

Supporting the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of patients and their loved ones

  • At times of serious ill health, death and bereavement spiritual care is important. Our architects have carefully designed an area in the bedded hospice to meet these needs. Those who visit will feel emotionally nourished and strengthened by the physical space, while we will offer spiritual support to all patients, their loved ones, staff and volunteers.

Economic development

  • We have a two-year plan to increase the number of patients cared for in the In-Patient Unit. To deliver this we will require 25.8 whole time equivalent nursing posts, 1 whole time equivalent facilities operative and 1 whole time equivalent housekeeper.

“The nurses very, very quickly became family which was lovely at a time of utter need and knowing what’s going to happen in the near future. 

“They became very special to us, and us to them. I couldn’t have imagined a lovelier person to be with, and to be with us, as dad died”.

Mike, family member

The Design

Treetops is ideally situated to provide a bedded hospice for South Derbyshire and South Nottinghamshire.

Based in Risley, we sit on the border of both counties, just eight miles from both Nottingham and Derby. In addition, our twelve acres of conservation land with woodlands and landscaped walkways all help to make the experience of living, dying and remembering, the very best it can be.

Local architects Maber were tasked with designing a space to assist with caring and provide support. They carefully considered how the stunning surroundings and natural light can engage the senses, support the function of the building, and create a feeling of home.

The single-storey facility sympathetically nestles into the surrounding landscape through its sedum-roof and oak-panelled and gabion walls. Each en-suite bedroom will be fitted out with the highest quality clinical equipment and comfortably furnished to create a sense of warmth and tranquillity.  All will have a private patio so that patients can continue to enjoy the woodland environment, our beautiful meadow and the array of wildlife that live here.

There will be social spaces throughout the facility to provide a compassionate environment to optimise quality of life for patients and their families.

The family room offers a place where children can do their homework, colour, play video games or with toys, etc. and the large dining table means families can enjoy meals together.

At the heart of the building is a relaxing lounge area and beverage bay where patients can sit quietly with their families.

A feature of the facility is a circular room with a large window which is designed to provide a place for quiet reflection, emotional support as well as practical action.  This spiritual area is also a space for families to create important memories and celebrate life – a place to mark birthdays and anniversaries and to host weddings.

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