Thorpe Hall Hospice


United Kingdom

01733 225 900
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Thorpe Hall Hospice

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is the only specialist palliative care inpatient unit in Peterborough and provides expert palliative care and support for people who are living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families.

We are also the only unit with a multi-disciplinary team which includes doctors, nurses, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, complementary therapy, bereavement counsellors, and psychological and spiritual support.

Our 20-bed hospice is surrounded by beautiful, tranquil countryside which complements the specialist care and support we give to those with life-limiting conditions and their families.

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Thorpe Hall Hospice

    In addition to our inpatient unit, our day service helps people living with long term conditions to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital, as well as offering social opportunities alongside others experiencing similar circumstances. We also offer a Hospice at Home service for people in the local community who prefer to receive palliative care at home.

    Our expert team includes doctors, nurses, care assistants, physiotherapists, occupational and complementary therapists, social workers and bereavement support workers. They all work seamlessly together to support people through the most difficult times of their lives.

    Whether somebody is dealing with a terminal illness or the loss of a loved one, we’re there when it matters. Sue Ryder staff and volunteers provide people with the compassion and expert care they need, to help them live the best life they can.

    Our services include:

    • Inpatient care
    • Day services
    • Family and bereavement support
    • Complementary therapies
    • Spiritual care
    • Hospice at Home
    • Befriending

    Find out more about our services at Thorpe Hall Hospice.

    Frequently asked questions

    How can I refer a patient to the hospice?

    Patients can be referred by their GP, consultant or other healthcare professional by downloading our referral form, completing this and returning it to the hospice (instructions and contact details are on the form). You can also read more detail about the referral process on our Thorpe Hall services page.

    If you think we can help you, a family member or someone close to you, please call us and we’ll be pleased to answer any questions.

    Does the hospice just treat people with cancer?

    No, we offer our services to anyone who needs end of life or palliative care. That includes cancer and non-cancer patients – such as those with advanced kidney problems, heart failure or pulmonary disease.

    Can I visit before I decide whether to come to Thorpe Hall? 

    Of course you can. We want you to make the right choice for your care, and you're welcome to visit and ask as many questions as you like before deciding whether to ask for a referral to Thorpe Hall. If you wish to arrange a visit please call us on 01733 225 900.

    What are the visiting times and can my family stay with me overnight?

    There are no set vising times - patients can choose when they welcome visitors so it may be helpful to call before you set off.

    We are open for visiting around the clock and family members are welcome to stay with you if you would like. There is a relatives room which can be booked for families to stay in overnight if available. 

    Can my children/grandchildren visit me at Thorpe Hall?

    Yes. Children are more than welcome to visit you during your time at Thorpe Hall. We have toy boxes available, family areas for them to spend time and they are welcome to play in the gardens too. Our family support team can offer support to youngsters if you feel it would help them to share their thoughts and feelings about having a loved one stay at the hospice.

    Can my pet visit?

    Yes. Dogs and cats are always very popular visitors to Thorpe Hall and are guaranteed to receive lots of fuss and attention from staff, volunteers and visitors while they are here.

    What parking is available at the hospice?

    We have free car parking available at Thorpe Hall. 

    If I come to the hospice does that mean I will die there?

    No. As far as possible, we believe in giving every patient the choice to make their own decision about where they die.

    Some patients may prefer to remain at Thorpe Hall, others may prefer to go home once we have their symptoms under control and their pain carefully managed. Others may choose to be discharged to a nursing home.

    Our team will work with you and your loved ones to help you make the right decision for you at the right time.

    Do I have to live in Peterborough to come to Thorpe Hall?

    No you don’t. We take patients from across Cambridgeshire, South Lincolnshire, Rutland, East Leicestershire, West Norfolk and East Northamptonshire.

    Do patients have to pay?

    No. We are a charity delivering free care to all our patients and support to their families. We rely on the generosity of supporters to help raise the funds we need to continue providing care. 

    Does the hospice just treat people with cancer?

    No, we offer our services to anyone who needs end of life or palliative care. That includes cancer and non-cancer patients – such as those with advanced kidney problems, heart failure or pulmonary disease.

    Is there an age limit on people you admit?

    We can admit patients aged from 18 years - there is no upper age limit.

    What is the food like and do I have to provide my own food?

    Thorpe Hall has a kitchen and meals are prepared and cooked on the premises. We provide three meals a day – with three choices for lunch and two for supper. Snacks including sandwiches, cakes, soup and cereals available around the clock.

    Visitors are welcome to bring in their own food, and can use our Coffee Shop which is open for light lunches Monday to Friday.

    What is the food like?

    Our catering team serves a choice of freshly prepared hot and cold meals three times a day and caters for all dietary requirements.

    In between meal times the team will prepare light snacks and, if you have a particular meal in mind, please just ask and they will do their best to make it for you.

    The fridge in each patient room is kept stocked with bottles of water and has room for you to store food from home if you would like. 

    Breakfast options include:

    • Cereals
    • Toast
    • Pastries
    • Cooked breakfast with sausages, eggs and beans

    Two course meals include a meat and vegetarian option, which could be:

    • Lamb hotpot
    • Cottage pie
    • Vegetable chow mein
    • Beef casserole
    • Cod and chips
    • Vegetable pasty
    • Roast pork
    • Macaroni and broccoli cheese
    • All served with vegetables and potatoes

    Desserts served regularly include:

    • Syrup sponge and custard
    • Fruit crumble
    • Strawberry mousse
    • Chocolate crunch

    We also have available a range of other options including sandwiches, soup, salads, jacket potatoes, omelettes and snacks.

    What should inpatients bring?

    When someone is admitted to Thorpe Hall we would recommend that they bring:

    • any medicines or tablets they are currently taking – in their original packaging
    • any aids or medical equipment used regularly such as walking sticks, mobility frames or hearing aids
    • day and night clothing, including shoes and slippers
    • personal toiletries and towels
    • ear plugs and/or an eye mask for when you wish to rest
    • community medical paperwork - this could include district nurse notes, a preferred priorities of care document and advance directives
    • anything else which will help make them feel at home with us – family photos, books or an iPod with earphones for instance

    We recommend against bringing in large amounts of money or jewellery as we can’t be responsible for any loss of personal items.

    Please note the use of e-cigarettes is not allowed in the building, and we are unable to provide charging facilities. As an alternative, patients may wish to bring disposable e-cigarettes for use in Thorpe Hall's designated smoking areas.