Patients & Visitors

Care of the Dying

When the patient is dying

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Available help and Support Staying at the Bedside Car Parking Useful Links

Available Help and Support

The diagnosis of a terminal illness can be as difficult to deal with both for the patient and for their loved ones. It can be a terrible shock, whether it comes after a long illness, or suddenly and unexpectedly. Our staff will do their best to provide the necessary information and support that you need.

Care at the End of Life leaflet

Please feel that you can approach our staff at any time.

Those who can help you include:
Ward nurses and Doctors
Hospital chaplains
Palliative Care Team/
Macmillan Nurses
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm
For out of hours and weekends please contact:
Patient Advisory and
Liaison Service (PALS)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10am – 3pm;
Wednesday 10am – 12 noon

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Staying at the Bedside

When your loved one is dying, you may need and wish to be at the hospital for long periods of time. It is at times such as this when the staff will be happy for you to visit outside of visiting hours.

Some relatives may wish to stay overnight with their family member who is dying and staff will help to accommodate this. The wards have access to a sleeper chair or Zbed for family members staying overnight. Please enquire with the nurse in charge if you wish to stay overnight.

Provisions, including toiletries, and snacks can be purchased at the Friends Hospital Shop next to the Front Entrance.

Food, drinks and snacks can also be purchased at the:

Atrium Coffee Bar

8:30am – 8pm Monday to Friday
9am – 8pm Sat/Sun

The Lansdown Restaurant

Open Daily 7:30am - 2:30pm

Friends Coffee Shop

9:30am - 4pm Monday to Friday

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Car Parking

The hospital understands that often relatives and friends of patients who are dying may need or wish to visit for lengths of time or overnight. In this circumstance families may be eligible for free parking. The ward staff will be able to advise you and will request your car registration details if you are eligible for free parking at this time.

This service enables relatives to visit the patient who is dying in hospital and we would be grateful for your consideration by travelling collectively in order to lessen the burden on the car park.

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Useful Links

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