The need for our service is growing with over 26% of our local population being aged 65 or over (compared to the national average 18%), this figure is set to rise to 35% by 2030. With the increased prevalence of life limiting illness (Cancer Research 2016) and complex health issues (Age UK 2013) an ageing local population is putting a strain on all End of Life and palliative care services causing unnecessary hospital admissions and prolonged hospital stays.
In April 2019 the difficult decision was made to close our 6 bed inpatient unit (costing £1.2 million per year) due to funding sustainability in an area where other NHS funded hospices are providing similar bedded services. Our unique day hospice and support clinics remain open for people needing end of life support and we have developed our three year strategy and plans to expand the work we do across the East Dorset and Purbeck community, delivering our exceptional hospice care where it is really needed, closer to home.
Chairman Jeremy Allin and new Chief Executive Clare Gallie have been joined by five new Trustees with a broad range of experience and knowledge. Together the new volunteer Board and staff team have taken the first step in the strategy and are relocating Lewis-Manning Hospice Care to a more central location, within easy access of transport networks and close to Poole hospital. From our new Hospice at Longfleet House, Longfleet Road, Poole we will continue to deliver our day hospice and clinics and expand our services out into the community, closer to home working alongside Community Hospitals and GP practices.
As we move forward, we will be opening even more local hospice services and work within communities to help more people at the end of their lives, closer to home. This is an exciting step for Lewis-Manning Hospice Care and shows our true commitment to the local people that we serve, support and care for.
Moving forwards our profile within the local community will be key to ensuring that the people who really need us are aware of our new services.
Registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), 100% compliance was reported in our latest unannounced inspection and resulted in a rating of ‘Good’ across all domains.
Our service is open to adults living with a life-limiting illness who reside in Poole, the rural towns and villages of Purbeck and from across East Dorset. Last year 348 people benefitted from our hospice care.