asked questions about the Martlets Hospice
(from their website)
does the Hospice do?
A The Martlets looks after adults with life
limiting illnesses for whom curative treatment
is no longer appropriate. This care is aimed
at alleviating the distressing symptons
associated with serious illness as well
as providing emotional support for the families
and carers through the illness and into
you only care for patients with cancer?
facilities and services does the Martlets
A. An 18-bedded in-patient unit; a Day Hospice
offering a range of activities and therapies
and out patient consultations; bereavement
and counselling services; a Hospice @ Home
provides the service?
A. A team of professional, clinical, nursing,
social and counselling staff supported by
catering, domestic, administrative and fundraising
personnel provide our services. A large
number of volunteers also make a significant
contribution to the welfare of patients
and their families and to fundraising.
is the Hospice for?
A. Hospice services are available to all
adult members of the local communities,
including Portslade, Hove, Brighton and
those situated along the coast to Newhaven,
inland to Lewes and back along the line
of the Downs. Care is provided on the basis
of medical need.
does one access the Hospice?
A. Access to the Martlets and Martlets @
Home is via medical referral from the GP,
District Nurse, Macmillan Community Team
or Hospital Consultant. The Hospice is the
base of the Macmillan Community Team (MCT).
does it cost to use the Hospice?
A. Care is provided to patients free of
charge although all of our patients and
their families contribute voluntarily to
the cost of their care. As an independent
charity, the Hospice is largely dependent
upon the generosity of the local community
to pay for patients' care.
is care funded?
A. The Hospice is not part of the NHS and
needs to raise over £50,000 locally
per week from charitable activities. The
balance comes from Government funding via
the local Primary Care Trusts.
many patients does the hospice care for
in a year?
A. In the last year the Martlets in-patient
unit cared for 246 in-patients, the Martlets
@ Home Team cared for 164 patients and there
were 2,183 day care attendances.
can I help?
A. There are many ways in which you can
support your local Hospice. Please browse
to find out about what we do and how you
can join in.
is meant by the term "Palliative Care?
A. Palliative Care affirms life and regards
dying as a normal process. Care neither
hastens nor postpones death. Palliative
Care provides relief from pain and other
distressing symptoms. It integrates the
psychological and spiritual aspects of patient
care and offers a support system to help
patients live as actively as possible until
death. Palliative Care also offers a support
system to help the family to cope during
the patient's illness and in their own bereavement