It can be very scary having a loved one come into the Hospice. Many people think it is just "where you go to die" but many patients spend time with us at other stages of their illness and often leave here in a much better state than when they arrived. We help people with pain management, symptom control and rehabilitation after surgery amongst other things. We are not just here for the end of life and with our knowledge and expertise in palliative care, we are often well placed to help people right from diagnosis.
Dr Kershaw's Hospice has an Inpatient Unit and Sunfields Day Hospice. We have two wards in the Inpatient Unit with 12 beds in total and patients can stay for up to two weeks, although this can be flexible in certain circumstances. Sunfields Day Hospice provides facilities for a maximum of 15 patients each day, Monday to Thursday.
All patient accommodation has been refurbished and fully complies with current legislation. The Hospice is inspected annually by the Healthcare Commission and the report is available here.
We have a relatives overnight suite which can be used (on a first come, first served basis) by close relatives. This can provide peace of mind for loved ones who want or need to stay close by. Please note that the Hospice is unable to accommodate more than one (possibly two) people per patient.
If you feel that some support might be helpful to you please contact the Spiritual Coordinator/Bereavement Support Nurse Pauline Brierley on 0161 624 2727
Bereavement Support Is offered in a number of ways to reflect individual needs and choices.
Bereavement Café is a drop-in service held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month
2 – 3:30 pm at the Hospice.
This provides informal support, the opportunity to meet with others, share experiences and with staff on hand to provide a listening ear and signposting to other services as appropriate.
We occasionally organise social outings too.
Bereavement Group takes place in the 2nd Thursday of each month 7:30 – 9:00pm
Please ring the hospice to book a place.
Walk and Talk Group
It can be difficult to get out and about when you have lost a loved one and sometimes a little gentle exercise and meet up with others can help.
This is an opportunity to access informal support outside of the hospice. The monthly walks are leisurely, utilising public parks and pathways around Oldham.
They provide the opportunity for a little gentle exercise and fresh air with the support of others to either walk or share your thoughts or just to walk along in companionship. Our walks are linked in with Oldham’s Lets Go for a Walk scheme providing the opportunity to join other walks.
The details of our walks can be found on our Facebook page and on the calendar for Walking for Health. Or you may prefer to ring the hospice for dates and times.
Staff are also available for one to one support if this is preferred.
Please call or email Pauline Brierley for an appointment.
0161 624 2727 firstname.lastname@example.org
Services of remembrance are held in May and December each year. These will be advertised widely around Oldham and on our website and social media