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We provide support and care for patients with a terminal illness, who are nearing the end of their lives.
Our nursing staff will strive to make the patient as comfortable as possible, in the place of their choice where possible, by relieving pain and other distressing symptoms. We also provide psychological, social and spiritual support for the patient and their family and/or carers.
Our end of life vision is to provide choice, to care with kindness, dignity and compassion, and to co-ordinate high quality support at the right time, in the right place, for our patients, carers and their family.
This support is available seven days a week, across Dorset. Care is provided in your home or in a community hospital.
If you, or your loved one, would like to know more, please speak to your GP, community nurse or other healthcare professional.
More information about the help and support available for family members and carers is available on our carers page. Alternatively, we work in partnership with Dorset For You which has a very useful section full of information about End of Life care on their website.
Specialist palliative care is also available in Dorset. For further information, please contact:
About the Willows
approach the old Yeatman Hospital Building you will see a short narrow road to
the right of the building called Back Lane.
The Willows and car park is at the bottom of Back Lane.
Willows is the in-patient part of the Yeatman hospital. It is divided into two wards – Rowan Ward (01305 361524) and
Beech Ward (01305 361525).
has a ward Sister and a team of Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants
who deliver the day to day clinical care and treatment. Both wards are overseen by Senior Sister
Barbara Ludlow and the Hospital Matron is Anne Hiscock.
Doctor is called Joanna Zaborowska or ‘Dr Jo’ and she works Monday to Friday
9-5 and our Consultant is Dr Lucy Pearce.
Lucy visits the ward twice weekly.
very closely with Weldmar Hospicecare; Annette & Frances are the Specialist
Nurses from Weldmar who also visits the ward frequently.
is about caring for the patient as well as their friends and family. We will do what we can to work with you,
support you and care for you. If you have
any requests that will make life more bearable please do not hesitate to
ask. We will always try our best to
accommodate your needs and that of your family.
two suites (one on each ward) that have been specially created for added comfort
and privacy for you and your loved ones.
the Jean King Suite and the Ada Kearvell Suite.
In both suites there are tea making facilities TVs and sleeping
Coping with the news
that you may be nearing the end of your life can be very difficult and
distressing. You may experience strong and often overwhelming emotions that
make it difficult for you to think clearly. You may need some time on your own
or with your relatives or a close friend to think about the future.
people find it easier to talk to someone outside their family. If you think
this would be helpful, you can talk to any member of the Clinical team caring
for you here on the Willows.
Facing an uncertain future
your future may be uncertain, you may still find it helpful to plan ahead and
make the most of the days when you feel well. You might want to plan to do something
special with your family and friends. There may also be other important things
you want to do. The Staff on the Willows
will be only too happy to facilitate whatever they can.
People close to you
Your friends and family
are welcome at the Willows anytime – day or night. Although we do ask for visitors to be aware
that large numbers of people can be overwhelming for the other patients on the
ward and for you.
For access out of hours we
would advise your family to let the staff know when they’re likely to
visit. The doorbell is at eye level on
the front door of the Willows.
We have a
menu especially designed for your loved ones to ensure they do not need to
worry about meal times. We do charge a
family members we can accommodate them sleeping over or even close together
with you if this is what you would like; please do ask the team.
relation to close family members they are welcome to use the shower facilities;
we have a range of toiletry products that can be provided on request.
is free - please speak to the team who will provide your loved ones with a car
Spiritual and religious issues
people become more aware of religious beliefs or spiritual feelings.
Spirituality can be expressed in many ways, such as through music, arts,
nature, or how you relate to your family or community. We have links with all denominations please
let us know should you need assistance with spiritual needs whatever this means
Yeatman Hospital hosts a Bereavement Café; if your loved one would like more
information about this please refer to the staff who will give them the
also offers bereavement support for those who have been cared for by their
addition there is Dorset Cruse 0808 808 1677 and GP support on request.
If you have any concerns
If you or
your family have any concerns about any aspect of your care please let us know
not easily offended and would much prefer to be given the opportunity to
address any worries in a timely way.
Barbara’s direct line is: 01305 361546
Anne’s direct line is: 01305 361522